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Houston real estate extraordinaire Jacqueline Briscoe helping home buyers achieve the ‘American Dream’

NEW IMAGE, BIG DREAMS 

DESTINY STEPS — For Jacqueline Briscoe, a native of Houston, she has been afforded the golden opportunity of helping homebuyers achieve and savor the America dream for the past decade and-a-half as the catalyst for New Image Realty.

DALLAS — When Jacqueline Briscoe advanced her education at the University of Houston, she deemed it essential to declare Communications as her major.

But amongst the notable factors she had ultimately come to discover was that God had other strategic ideas on her behalf.
For Briscoe, it was an awe-inspiring endeavor, one that eventually had come wrapped up in the unique gift through real estate.
“I have always been a people person and an advocate for the underdog,” Briscoe told Making Headline News this week. “So to help people who never thought they could buy a home walk into their season and get the American dream of home ownership, I am so grateful to be a part of that to make their dreams come true.”
A native of Houston, Briscoe has been afforded the golden opportunity of helping home buyers achieve and savor the “America dream” for the past decade and-a-half as the catalyst for New Image Realty.

Located at 16770 Imperial Valley Drive in the greater Houston metropolitan area, Briscoe has evolved as fixture in what undoubtedly is one of the country’s most competitive professions.

In a nutshell, part of her mission as a thriving real estate profession is routinely going to great lengths to ensure that her clients can appropriately encounter the proverbial unthinkable.


“(I love to) help people who didn’t know it was possible to buy a home,” said Briscoe, introducing her longstanding mission as only she could. “(I love) to show people (that even though) you can be single, you might have always rented before, or you are a newlywed couple or had credit struggles, I can normally help them become homeowners.”


To her credit, her immeasurable track record is such that she’s aided a number home buyers defy arguably the greatest of odds, particularly when pressing and navigating their way through the sometimes dreaded home-buying process.

“We have a program whereby when people are buying a new home, I give back a portion of my commission so when you buy a new home you won’t have a house note for at least two months,” said Briscoe, referring to her company’s ‘First Month On Us’ program.

Interestingly, Briscoe’s keen entrepreneurship reputation is such that she’s become thoroughly committed to showing her clients that she has a heart for people.

“I am with you from start to finish,” Briscoe said. “I have a background as a former loan officer and credit restoration adviser.”

In addition, Briscoe has spent a considerable amount of time, working as a new home consultant for home builders, she acknowledged.

“So I have a full knowledge of the entire realm of the real estate industry,” Briscoe said, adding that her strategic, featured motto is “Walk into your season.”

Three dimensional render of a cartoon human figure, standing over a SOLD sign, with a home in the background.

For what it’s worth, this rising giant in the real estate industry is surely walking in the divine season for which God has created her.

So much for studying Communications at the U of H.

“Let me help you achieve the American Dream through home ownership,” said Briscoe, adding that arguably her greatest inspirations are: Miko Branch, CEO of Miss Jessie’s, and Shannon Battle, Founder and Director of Family Services of America.


ALL AMERICAN REALTOR 

HOLDING IT DOWN — To her credit, Briscoe’s immeasurable track record is such that she’s aided homebuyers defy arguably the greatest of odds, particularly when pressing and navigating their way through the sometimes dreaded home-buying process.

Much to her delight, Briscoe will make a few public appearances in the foreseeable future, during which she will continue to educate the masses on home buying opportunities.

“Remember, a credit (score) as low as 580 and two months no of house payment,” Briscoe said.

Sounding very much like the authentic real estate professional for which she is widely known.


For more information about Houston-area Businesswoman Jacqueline Briscoe of New Image Realty, or to schedule her for a public appearance, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/jacqueline.briscoe.96. Also, send email to: jackiebriscoe24@yahoo.com.


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Houston author Philandis Stovall’s recalls loving memory of her son, who wrote a book before his untimely death


If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. (Proverbs 24:10 KJV)


VICTORIOUS REGARDLESS 

MUSTARDSEED FAITH — Houston author Philandis Stovall wrote the emotionally-driven, tear-jerking written work entitled, “Even Through the Storm: A Mom’s Story of Faith Amid Adversity, an awe-inspiring project that garnered a wave of media coverage since its much-anticipated release in nearly two years ago.

DALLAS — To his credit, little “Ziggy” reached his destiny before God ceremoniously called him home.

“I received the confirmation for writing my book when I was in the hospital with my son while he was having his bone marrow transplantation,” Philandis Philly Stovall told Making Headline News during a weekend interview, recalling the memorable developments that unfolded in July 2017, during which her son, Fre’Derick Leontez Young Redd III, was hospitalized at Texas Children’s Hospital after being diagnosed with cancer.
The book to which Stovall is alluding is her emotionally-driven, tear-jerking written work entitled, “Even Through the Storm: A Mom’s Story of Faith Amid Adversity, an awe-inspiring project that garnered a wave of media coverage since its much-anticipated release in nearly two years ago.
A book that Stovall began composing sometime in September 2017 and needed approximately two weeks to complete, “Even Through the Storm: A Mom’s Story of Faith Admid Adversity” is a story of one mom’s journey from despair to triumph, according to detailed breakdown by Google Books.

A book that Stovall began composing sometime in September 2017 and needed approximately two weeks to complete, “Even Through the Storm: A Mom’s Story of Faith Admid Adversity” is a story of one mom’s journey from despair to triumph, according to detailed breakdown by Google Books.

In 2012, for instance, Stovall’s then four-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer. Consequently, she found herself in what she described as “a zone,” whereby all she wanted was peace and quiet.

In  no particular order.

“I was searching for sense in a situation that made no sense to me,” Stovall writes.

STAR POWER — Interestingly and much to Stovall’s delight, her book — as well as her son’s written work — has caught the attention of an array of athletes, including the Rice University football program the Houston Texans, as well as former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal.

Interestingly, alone with her wave of thoughts and emotions, Stovall desperately wanted to “wake up” from what sense was a nightmare.

Still, the Greenville, Mississippi native demonstrated enough faith to stay awake, particularly in the spirit, considering she had come to grips with the notion that what was unfolding in her young life wasn’t merely a dream.

“This was reality and she was forced with the choice of retreating into the devastation or fighting her way through the storm,” said a Google Books spokesperson for Stovall’s “Even Through the Storm: A Mom’s Story of Faith Admid Adversity.’” “Finding herself on an unexpected and unwelcome path, the young mother could feel a rebirth happening. With each day and event, she found herself growing stronger and stronger.”

In 2012, for instance, Stovall’s then four-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer. Consequently, she found herself in what she described as “a zone,” where all she wanted was peace and quiet.

Even amid her son’s unlikely diagnosis — he wasn’t born with cancer – Stovall didn’t merely have time to cope; rather, she simply had to learn to deal with it, she’s explained time and again.

Regardless, because of her spiritually resourcefulness, Stovall’s story essentially is one whereby she had to learn of rely on her faith — the kind of faith that had ultimately given way to her exemplifying hope, particularly when that about which she encountered seemed hopeless.

But God…


“I knew from the beginning of our journey we had a purpose and reason for being assigned to go through cancer treatment,” said Stovall, when asked what was the single, most underlying reason she chose to produce “Even Through the Storm: A Mom’s Story of Faith Admid Adversity.” “My handsome son wasn’t born with cancer. He was born a completely healthy baby boy.”


Still, before his health had begun to decline, Stovall miraculously aided her son mightily to fulfill his God-manifested purpose, considering “Ziggy” surprisingly wrote his very own book while in the hospital before he passed away. The title: “The Mystery of the Missing Ring,” which was published earlier this year.

Still, before his health had begun to decline, Stovall miraculously aided her son mightily to fulfill his God-manifested purpose, considering “Ziggy” surprisingly wrote his very own book while in the hospital before he passed away. The title: “The Mystery of the Missing Ring,” which was published earlier this year.

Talk about a mother and child collectively devising ways to weather arguably the toughest of adversity.

“I have gotten overwhelmingly amazing reviews and feedback on my memoir, including five-star ratings,” Stovall said. “I was told prophetically I have a bestselling book and that’s what I believe.”

Interestingly and much to Stovall’s delight, her book — as well as her son’s written work — has caught the attention of an array of athletes, including the Rice University football program the Houston Texans, as well as former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal.

Because of her spiritually resourcefulness, Stovall’s story essentially is one whereby she had to learn of rely on her faith — the kind of faith that had ultimately given way to her exemplifying hope, particularly when that about which she encountered seemed hopeless.

“This memoir shares a major part of my life and how I handled it being a single mother of two children with one being diagnosed with cancer,” said Stovall, adding “more personal book projects” are forthcoming much sooner than later. “I have been able to share my strengths, weaknesses, and faith in God words, no matter what the world says. I have been able to start and continue one of my passions, which is helping others with my nonprofit organization efforts.”

Surely, because of keen perseverance, “Ziggy” is peeping through the clouds above and giving his mom’s a well-deserved thumbs up.


For more information about Houston-area Author Philandis Philly Stovall, to order her books, or to schedule her for public appearance or book signing, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/philandis.stovall. Also, send email to: philandisstovall@gmail.com.


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Mid-South AAU hoops player Christian Brown following in foosteps of his mom and dad

BEAST MODE 

REMEMBER THE NAME — To his credit, AAU basketball standout Christian Brown went into beast mode during what was a memorable AAU game between Brown’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee-area Storm squad versus Eagleville. In a game that will go down as arguably the most memorable one to date for Brown, his Storm team faced a 12-point deficit with inside of two minutes remaining. That is when spectators witnessed flashes of greatness surrounding a kid who’s nearing 6-foot as a preteen.

He’s only 12 years of age.

But for a youth basketball player, Christian Brown is a beast on the court.

To his credit, he certainly went into full beast mode during what was a memorable AAU game between Brown’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee-area Storm squad versus Eagleville.

In a game that will go down as arguably the most memorable one to date for Brown, his Storm team faced a 12-point deficit with inside of two minutes remaining.
That is when spectators witnessed flashes of greatness surrounding a kid who’s nearing 6-foot as a preteen.
Brown was the catalyst for a Storm team that stormed back in the waning moments, erasing a double-digit deficit and miraculously coming away with a 50-49 victory, having outscored the opposition, 18-3, the rest of the way.
In manufacturing 17 points in what was an AAU game for the ages, Brown managed some late heroics when he stole an in-bounds pass and was fouled as a result.

His two clutch free throws helped the Storm ease out to the final margin and, most importantly, his immeasurable display proved to be a microcosm of his resiliency for which he customarily exemplifies in close-game situations.

So remember the name, much sooner than later: Christian Brown.

Because if there’s one thing he’s proven, it’s that his best and brightest days are well ahead of him.

“I always tell him he’s destined for greatness and to always make the most of each day,” said Chelsea Brown, Christians’s mother, during interview with Making Headline News this week. “That day will be confirmation of what we speak into his life on a daily basis.”

If anyone can appropriately assess — and critique — Christian’s progress on and off the court, it’s his mother.

Chelsea Brown was a basketball standout in her own right, most notably in high school, where she starred for perennial power Memphis Whitehaven (from 1990 to 1992), which boasted a number of Division 1 recruits. Brown went on to star at SWAC member Southern University from 1992 to 1995, capping off what was stellar basketball tenure for the native Memphian.


RESPECT DA HAVEN

IN RETROSPECT — Christian Brown’s mother, Chelsea Brown, was a basketball standout in her own right, most notably in high school, where she starred for perennial power Whitehaven (from 1990 to 1992), which boasted a number of Division 1 recruits.

Given that her son seems on path to following in the footsteps of his parents – both his mother and father are former athletes — it’s safe to assume that, well, the apple didn’t fall very far from the tree (with all due respect).

“Of course, I will be overjoyed to see his dreams and aspirations come to fruition,” said Chelsea Brown how special would it be if her son is fortunate to sign a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball. “But most of all, I’m thankful for the opportunity for him to continue to grow as an athlete.”

Chances are, the 5-foot-10 Christian Brown will grow — literally and figuratively — in the foreseeable future as he looks ahead to next season as one of the marquee players for Rocky Fork Middle School in Smyrna, Tennessee.

A slim 113-pounder — yet with so much growing to do and weight to put on — Christian often rotates between playing the small forward and shooting guard positions.

In addition to his attractive length for a 12-year-old, he’s proven to hold his own and make his presence felt, particularly against bigger and more experienced players, a trend that shouldn’t merely come as a surprise, considering Christian began playing competitive basketball at five years of age for the Rutherford County basketball league.

“He beat everyone down the court and played good defense,” Chelsea Brown said. “And he was the tallest kid on the court most of the time.”

The possibility exist that will surely be the case when he transitions to the prep basketball ranks, an attribute that figures to garner the attention of scouts and recruiters.


“He never ceases to amaze me,” Chelsea said her son’s continuous progress. “I love watching him exceed my expectations through growth and development. He always plays to the end.”

He sure does.

Remember that recent game against Eagleville?

His mother sure does. There’s a good chance she won’t be forgetting it, either.

FULL RIDE — Brown (in powder blue) went on to star at SWAC member Southern University from 1992 to 1995, capping off what was stellar basketball tenure for the native Memphian.

“I actually witnessed him lead his team to victory with two minutes on the clock and they were down by 12,” said Chelsea in pure wonderment. “I saw it in his eyes. He reads his opponents and went into (attack mode) and came out victorious.”

That, to his credit, figures to be a sign of things to come — much sooner than later.


“My parents always tell me that as long as I work hard, developing as a student-athlete, they will always provide an avenue for me to succeed,” said Christian, who recently was the beneficiary of the Athlete Academic Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average (he manufactured a 3.6 GPA), as well as being named Offensive Player of the Year in both football and basketball.

In addition to his attractive length for a 12-year-old, he’s proven to hold his own and make his presence felt, particularly against bigger and more experienced players, a trend that shouldn’t merely come as a surprise, considering Christian began playing competitive basketball at five years of age for the Rutherford County basketball league.

“My dad is always there to support me, and his presence always motivates me to play hard.”

Interestingly, although he has plenty of basketball left to play before bolting the high prep ranks, Christian doesn’t shy away from the notion that’s he’s presently auditioning for a full-ride athletic scholarship.

As far as he’s concerned, there’s no time to waste, not when he’s closing in on 6-feet in height as a preteen and making his presence felt against more experienced players.

“I would like (scouts and recruiters) to know that I am a hard worker and coachable,” said Christian, who will attend a hoops camp at Duke University over the summer. “I am a team player and have experience, playing every position on the floor. Most of all, I’m always open to learning and using skills learned from camps and other resources.”


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Is Houston entrepreneur Katina Cansler the organizational services industry’s best kept secret?


Let all things be done decently and in order. (1 Corinthians 14:40 KJV)


KC’s TOUCH OF EXCELLENCE

TOUCH OF SUCCESS — Katina Cansler the proud owner and CEO of  KC’s Touch, her Houston-area organizational services, which exhibit an extensive background and expertise necessary to properly maintain and organize your property or facility.

DALLAS — Katina Cansler has what she refers to as her “new adventure,” one she doesn’t plan on shelving any time soon.

Heck, why should she demonstrate signs of slowing down any time soon as the proud owner and CEO of  KC’s Touch, her Houston-area organizational services, which exhibit an extensive background and expertise necessary to properly maintain and organize your property or facility.
Widely known for its “world class organizational services,” KC’s Touch’s system was created to ensure that its clients pay witness to a clean and healthy home.
“Our process revolves around you and your family to provide a unique cleaning process with the highest attention to detail,” said a spokesperson for KC’s Touch in a detailed overview of this business at http://www.kcstouch.com/index.html.

Not only that, KC’s Touch has established a keen reputation for routinely bringing about a customer-first focus atmosphere, coupled with what Cansler describes as “old-fashioned values” derived from character and integrity, not to mention an “all in service” of providing its clients with the highest level of professionalism they deserve.

Aside from overseeing the day-to-day operations of KC’s Touch, Cansler is longtime cosmetologist, whose career spans more than 30 years.

Currently, the Fort Wayne, Indiana native has been afforded the luxury working savoring the best of both worlds through her endeavors. But as she forthrightly explained during an interview this week with Making Headline News, KC’s Touch essentially has emerged as her first love, of sorts.

YOU’VE GOTTA SEE THIS!!!

A business that accommodates mostly individuals ranging in their mid-30’s and up, Cansler’s wealth of experience in organizational services has been put on display in a variety of places around the country, most notably Indiana, Arizona, Texas, Atlanta, North Carolina, among others.

As Canslers recalls, her rise to starting her featured business goes all the back to her childhood days in Indiana.

“Growing up, it was always mandatory to keep the house clean,” said Cansler, who relocated from Arizona to Texas in 2015. “We had to do chores, no questions about that. So as I got older I became OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) with my children and everything had to be in place.”

Everything from the towels — “they had to be folded a certain way,” Cansler explained — to the floor which, according to this nuts-and-bolts businesswoman, had to be vacuumed “with the lines in the carpet,” she says without hesitation.

MORE ON KC’s TOUCH: http://www.kcstouch.com/index.html

Not only that, KC’s Touch has established a keen reputation for routinely bringing about a customer-first focus atmosphere, coupled with what Cansler describes as “old-fashioned values” derived from character and integrity, not to mention an “all in service” of providing its clients with the highest level of professionalism they deserve.

Interestingly and to her credit, Cansler never imagined that her immeasurable gifts for ensuring that things stay squeaky clean would ultimately blossom into a full fledge business.

“I always cleaned for friends and family and would have never considered it to be a business,” Cansler said. “Anyway, fast forwarding up to date…when I moved to Houston my daughter, Breanna, came out her bedroom and said, ‘Mom, my closet need KC’s Touch.’”

THAT’S NOT ALL SHE DOES — A entrepreneurial tenure that also include her functioning as an event and party planner, Cansler is presently enrolled at Houston Community College, where she’s pursuing an Associate of Arts Degree in Communications with an emphasis in Interior Designing.

And from that point on, Cansler explained, such a memory essentially marked the beginning of her organizational services, which have been in full operations for a little more than a decade.

How time flies when you’re having fun, doing what you love — a trend to which Cansler can greatly attest.

“It was at that moment a light come on in my head,” said Cansler, recalling her exchange with her daughter, which gave way to the very name of her business. “I loved the way it sounded and then I started with the business.”

Aside from overseeing the day-to-day operations of KC’s Touch, Cansler is longtime cosmetologist, whose career spans more than 30 years.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

“What I hadn’t realized is that I had (been engaging in) these services for years without ever giving it any thought…going to people’s homes and cleaning up bedrooms, bathrooms, and closets, just to name a few,” Cansler said. “There is a great need for my services, but some people are embarrassed to invite someone into their home and help them get organized, because it’s totally different from house-cleaning, which we offer those services as well.”

Currently, the Fort Wayne, Indiana native has been afforded the luxury working savoring the best of both worlds through her endeavors. But as she forthrightly explained during an interview this week with Making Headline News, KC’s Touch essentially has emerged as her first love, of sorts.

A entrepreneurial tenure that also include her functioning as an event and party planner, Cansler is presently enrolled at Houston Community College, where she’s pursuing an Associate of Arts Degree in Communications with an emphasis in Interior Designing.

For what it’s worth, she said her profession as the face of KC’s Touch gives her the golden opportunity to meet people from various walks of life, during which she customarily deems it essential to pass along some much-needed words of encouragement while doing what she’s loves the most.

A business that accommodates mostly individuals ranging in their mid-30’s and up, Cansler’s wealth of experience in organizational services has been put on display in a variety of places around the country, most notably Indiana, Arizona, Texas, Atlanta, North Carolina, among others.

“My desire is to help people get organized by implementing daily tasks,” said Cansler, who also announced the forthcoming release of her new book that’s scheduled to hit the market in late summer. “God has commissioned to be a beacon (of light) in the community…to give hope, to inspire, and encourage others.”

IN HER OWN WORDS — “I always cleaned for friends and family and would have never considered it to be a business,” Cansler said. “Anyway, fast forwarding up to date…when I moved to Houston my daughter, Breanna, came out her bedroom and said, ‘Mom, my closet need KC’s Touch.’”

Oh…and let’s not forget: to keep things clean.

Er…squeaky clean.

“I absolutely love helping people achieve and strive to their highest potential,” Cansler said. “Therefore, if someone needs some assistance with getting their homes in order, I would be happy to. A well-organized home promotes a healthy life and decreases depression and anxiety.”

She would undoubtedly know.

Her immeasurable track record speaks for itself.


For more information Houston-area Businesswoman Katina Cansler of KC’s Touch, call 832.865.4906. Also, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/katina.cansler or send email to: kgfministries@gmail.com.


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Houston’s Soular Sounds and GVO Band to host a festive New Year’s Eve Party downtown

Things are about to be lit for Houston’s renowned Soular Sounds on the final day of this calendar year.

That’s because this progressive and thriving group has deemed it essential to go to great lengths to bring talented artists together during what is expected to be a rather festive occasion as it host the New Year’s Dream Live Show & Party.


GETTIN’ LIT IN H-TOWN

In bidding farewell to 2018 and raising the curtain on 2019, the GVO Band, in conjunction with IAG Productions, will descend upon Houston’s historic downtown district, during which they will pay homage to the much-anticipated launch of Soular Sounds LLC, a globally-acclaimed multimedia and artist management company.

Powered by the GVO Band, Soular Sounds LLC, and IAG Productions, the New Year’s Dream Live Show & Party will take place on December 31 at The Isles Eatery & Rhum Bar, located at 1515 Pease Street in downtown Houston.

According to organizers for this event, doors will open at 6 p.m. CST and the prelude to the party will begin at approximately 7.


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The official New Year’s Dream Live Show & Party — the featured event — is scheduled to commence at 9.

“The GVO Band and IAG Productions are helping us celebrate as we toast to future endeavors, more events, and more performance opportunities for the talented community of independent artists in Houston, Texas that 2019 will bring,” a GVO Band spokesperson told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “The purpose of New Year’s Dream is to bring talented artists together to throw a party.”

TEXAS-SIZED PARTY — Things are about to be lit for Houston’s renowned GVO Band on the final day of this calendar year. That’s because this progressive and thriving group has deemed it essential to go to great lengths to bring talented artists together during what is expected to be a rather festive occasion as it host the New Year’s Dream Live Show & Party.

A company that specializes in offering multimedia and/or production services to its clientele, Soular Sounds is widely known for strategically providing a credible platform for independent artists to share of their talents, most notably through what company organizers describe as mutual support.

Besides the GVO Band, the New Year’s Dream Live Show & Party will be highlighted by what organizers have dubbed the “Headliners,” featuring Coco Sullivan, Gbowale, Travis M. Dende, Eimaral Sol.


PARTYING WITH A PURPOSE 

HERE’S THE 411 — “The GVO Band and IAG Productions are helping us celebrate as we toast to future endeavors, more events, and more performance opportunities for the talented community of independent artists in Houston, Texas that 2019 will bring,” a GVO Band spokesperson told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “The purpose of New Year’s Dream is to bring talented artists together to throw a party.”

The lineup of music guests will include Nikia Jnae, Caleb Da Great, Mallory, Messa Montana, SOL, and Chrystal Lashae, among others.

Also, attendees to this event will witness DJ Koala Khool on stage, a live band and disc jockey, as well as the annual citywide countdown to the New Year.


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BRINGING ABOUT UNITY — A company that specializes in offering multimedia and/or production services to its clientele, Soular Sounds is widely known for strategically providing a credible platform for independent artists to share of their talents, most notably through what company organizers describe as mutual support.

Complimentary champagne will be provided along with entertainment by Hookah and a live painting.

An extended happy hour ends at 9 p.m., an organizer for the New Year’s Dream Live Show & Party said.


For more information about the New Year’s Dream Live Show & Party, call event CEO Travis Madison at 832.816.2937 or send email to: Soular8Sounds@gmail.com. Also, connect with event’s sponsors on Instagram in 2019 and beyond at:

@SoularSounds

@JLewDaKeys

@TheDreBeats

@Good_Vibes_Only_Band

@IAG_productions

@TheIslesEateryAndRhumBar


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Houston-area businesswoman Valerie Barrett bolts Corporate America, starts a ‘hidden gem’ that is Massage By Design

DALLAS — Did you know there is a hidden gem housed in the suburbs of Houston’s Metroplex that’s centered largely on increasing relaxation, alleviating pain, and managing the hustle and bustle of everyday life?

DESTINY STEPS — Alabama native Valerie Barrett is the mastermind behind Massage By Design at 25132 Oakhurst Rd, Suite 125, a Spring, Texas-based establishment where customers can savor luxurious massages at an affordable rate, as owner and CEO Valerie Barrett told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s called Massage By Design at 25132 Oakhurst Rd, Suite 125, a Spring, Texas-based establishment where customers can savor luxurious massages at an affordable rate, as owner and CEO Valerie Barrett told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

An accomplished licensed massage therapist who comes to the Houston area by way of Boligee, Alabama — a rural town in the historic Greene County near Tuscaloosa that’s comprised of roughly 328 residents, according to the latest U. S. census — Massage By Design is where Barrett routinely “practices my passion,” she often says.

To her credit, the prelude to practicing her passion, coupled with basking in her element began after Barrett bolted the Corporate America sector and was destined to step out on faith by delving off into this ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship.

Having officially become a licensed massage therapist in 2013, Barrett wasted little time starting her own business, one that’s geared toward aiding consumers to improve and maintain their overall physical and spiritual wellness.

Interestingly, Massage By Design is widely known as a multi-modality massage practice, where Barrett provides therapeutic massage for relaxation and pain management.

“She brings years of experience and a lifetime of compassion to her practice,” said a spokesperson in a detailed description of Barrett’s business at http://valsmassagebydesign.com/.

IT IS WELL — Having officially become a licensed massage therapist in 2013, Barrett wasted little time starting her own business, one that geared toward aiding consumers to improve and maintain their overall physical and spiritual wellness.

Moreover, since the startup of Massage By Design, Barrett has been afforded the golden opportunity to contract with a local retirement community, whereby she customarily provides massage therapy to its residents.

In addition, she routinely provides massage therapy to riders of the MS150, and has been a guest massage therapist for ZaSpa (Hotel ZaZa) which, to her credit, has given way to her being dubbed a “highly sought after and requested massage therapist” at the Spa at the Waterway (widely known as the Woodlands Marriott Hotel).

MORE ON MASSAGE BY DESIGN: http://valsmassagebydesign.com/

TEAM BARRETT — By and large, Barrett attributes the sustained success of Massage By Design to the unyielding support of her husband, Jimmie Barrett Jr., who, she acknowledges has always been one of her strongest supporters, coupled with the support of her “amazing children.”

“I want to be the change, a difference maker, and an influencer of change by providing a quality therapeutic massage at an affordable price,” said Barrett, explaining her primary mission for functioning in her divine purpose while alluding to  Deuteronomy 28:12. “My belief is that our bodies were designed to heal itself with proper care, nutrition, exercise, plus rest and relaxation through massage.”

By and large, Barrett attributes much of her sustained entrepreneurship success to the unyielding support of her husband, Jimmie Barrett Jr., whom she acknowledges has always been one of her strongest supporters, coupled with the support of her “amazing children.”

Today, unlike never before, Barrett can truly profess that she’s walking in the purpose for which God created her.

“Naturally, I was inspired by my parents but especially my mother, who is still a small business owner,” said Valerie Barrett, adding that her business is presently booking clients for her annual Valentines Couples Massage Package as well as her newly-implemented Rewards Program, its Design Your Own Massage Package, and its Cellulitis Destroyer. “I was also inspired by my oldest daughter and several close friends who are also small business owners and my son, whom I respect deeply because of his kind heart and his strength to persevere.”

Interestingly, Barrett certainly boasts the credentials needed to dwell and function in her element as one of Houston’s most efficient licensed massage therapists.

For starters, the Houston Klein Forest High alum is a product of Phoenix Massage School in the greater Houston metropolitan area as well as studied at nearby LoneStar Community College.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — Interestingly, Barrett certainly boasts the credentials needed to dwell and function in her element as one of Houston’s most efficient licensed massage therapists. For starters, the Houston Klein Forest High alum is a product of Phoenix Massage School in the greater Houston metropolitan area as well as studied at nearby LoneStar Community College.

With close ties to Memphis, where she attended a few years of high school before relocating to Texas, Barrett studied in Seminary School at Houston’s Immanuel Temple School Of The Bible, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Divinity.

All things considered, her continuous success as an accomplished, progressive businesswoman has come full circle, in large part because she was compelled to step out on faith by vacating Corporate America.

The rest, as they say, was history.

“I was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and influenced by my parents,” Barrett said. “My mom and dad owned a small cafe back home in Alabama, and the burgers were the talk of the town. Also, like many others, my job was being eliminated in Corporate America, so I decided to make a career change. I wanted to move into a field that allowed me to make a tangible difference and massage was the catalyst.”

Today, unlike never before, Barrett can truly profess that she’s walking in the purpose for which God created her.

ALL GOD’S DOING — All things considered, Barrett’s continuous success as an accomplished, progressive businesswoman has come full circle, in large part because she was compelled to step out on faith by vacating Corporate America. The rest, as they say, was history.

Which, of course, like her successful business venture, was all by design from the outset.

“I want all — especially teen parents — to know that you don’t have to be a victim of your circumstances,” Barrett said. “There is a winner within. I believe Rudy T (Former Houston Rockets head coach Rudy Tomjanovich) once said, ‘Never underestimate the heart of a champion.’ Those are words to live by.

“I had the greatest parents and they were the village that helped to rear my daughter,” Barrett added. “Over 32 years ago, I was a teen mom and today, I am a successful business owner and so is my daughter. My ultimate goal is to start a nonprofit to help teen parents in the near future.”

Talk about a true, big-hearted hidden gem, one who has gone to great lengths to make her dreams a reality.

 

For more information on Massage By Design or to request an appointment, call 281.546.2961. Also, for directions to this Spring, Texas-based business, click on this link: https://www.yelp.com/map/massage-by-design-spring

 

 

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Former New York Knick Derek Harper to Charles Oakley after MSG fiasco: ‘You got my support more than anything’

 

Y’ALL CHILL OUT: Hours after the New York Knicks fiasco involving Charles Oakley and owner James Dolan on February 8, former NBA point guard Derek Harper (left), an analyst for the Mavericks through Fox Sports Southwest who spent two seasons in New York from 1994-1996, contacted his former teammate to offer support. (Photo courtesy of The Dallas Morning News)

DALLAS — Saying that Charles Oakley “should have dealt with this situation differently,” former New York Knicks point guard Derek Harper wasted little time reaching out to his former teammate in the wake of an altercation involving Oakley and Madison Square Garden security guards on February 8.

In a statement released by the Knicks, the team said that upon arriving to the arena, Oakley behaved in a “highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” which led to his ejection from MSG and his subsequent arrest by the New York City Police Department.

MADISON SQUARE SQUABBLE — In a statement released by the Knicks, the team said that upon arriving to the arena, Oakley behaved in a “highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” which led to his ejection from MSG and his subsequent arrest by the New York City Police Department. The incident was believed to have been fueled by Oakley’s strained relationship with Knicks owner James Dolan, who banned Oakley a few days following the incident.

The incident was believed to have been fueled by Oakley’s strained relationship with Knicks owner James Dolan, who banned Oakley a few days following their alleged fallout. Dolan lifted the ban after meeting with Oakley and NBA commissioner Adam Silver, although Oakley, a former Knick who played 10 seasons in New York, has yet to accept the invitation and return to MSG.

A native of Cleveland, Oakley sat courtside next to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert Thursday night to witness the Knicks drop their second consecutive game, 119-104.

Hours after the Knicks fiasco, Harper, an analyst for the Mavericks through Fox Sports Southwest who spent two seasons in New York from 1994-1996, contacted his former teammate to offer his support.

WELCOME HOME — A native of Cleveland, Oakley sat courtside next to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert Thursday night to witness the Knicks drop their second consecutive game, 119-104. (Getty Images Photo)

“I texted Oak and told him he has my support more than anything,” Harper, who was drafted by the Mavericks with the 11th overall pick of the 1983 NBA Draft, told Making Headline News. “We had a dog pound in New York, and I was apart of the dog pound with Oak, so I’m not surprised he tried to protect himself. That’s who Oak is. Everybody loves Charles Oakley.”

According to the Knicks, Oakley was ejected from the arena midway through the first quarter of their game against the Los Angeles Clippers after he allegedly yelled at Dolan and refused to stop, an allegation Oakley has repeatedly disowned.

Consequently, Oakley, 53, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and criminal trespassing, a development that prompted current players such as LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade to hasten to various message boards to offer their support for the ex-NBA All-Star power forward.

Guarding former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan in the 1996 Eastern Conference semifinals, Harper spent two seasons in New York from 1994-1996. (Getty Images Photo)

“It’s hard because you don’t have all of the information,” said Harper, 55, when asked to assess the drama involving Oakley and the Knicks. “I’m one that don’t believe in running out talking about something unless I totally understand it. But with that being said, Charles Oakley was the heart and soul of the teams I played on in New York and he will always be respected by the fans in that city.”

Still, Harper, who played 16 seasons with four teams before retiring from the NBA in 1999, contends things could have been handled differently between Oakley and Knicks.

BELOVED KNICK — Harper was quite complementary of Oakley (No. 34), particularly about how he had taken ownership of his role of MSG catastrophe heard around the NBA.
“I love Oak,” Harper said. “We exchanged text messages the next morning. (Getty Images Photo)

“Dolan is the new owner now and he and Oak, for some reason, haven’t seen eye to eye,” Harper said. “He wanted, in that situation, I think for Charles to be removed from his seat and out of the arena and, if I’m Oak, I’d respect that. I’d respect what the owner of that team says and I’ll leave.

“But I think it really got blown out of proportion and escalated into something that was unfortunate for both sides in my opinion.”

All things considered, Harper was complementary of Oakley, particularly about how he had taken ownership of his role in the MSG catastrophe heard around the NBA.

Harper, a former University of Illinois All-American, was drafted by the Mavericks with the 11th overall pick of the 1983 NBA Draft. He returned to play for Dallas during the 1996-97 season. (Getty Images Photo)

“I love Oak,” Harper said. “We exchanged text messages the next morning. Oak is my confidant. That’s my guy and he’s already come out and said he should have dealt with this situation differently, and I think if he had to do it over again, he would choose not to put his hands on people.

“As an adult, I don’t want to be touched by another person, security officer or not. And I think he would admit that part of it was wrong. But it was wrong the way that they handled him as well.”

After Oakley and Dolan reportedly had met in hopes of reaching a resolution amid their fallout, Harper strongly believes it will be a matter of time that his former teammate will return to MSG.

“Absolutely, at some point,” Harper, who registered 16,006 points, 6,577 assists, and 1,957 steals during his NBA career, said. “There’s no question about it. I don’t know when. I don’t think anybody can say when it’s going to be.”

 

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