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Arkansas businesswoman Mykia Brooks defies slew of odds, establishes a flourishing nonprofit organization


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV)


GOD’S BEACON OF LIGHT 

SHYNE ON ME — A native of Blytheville, Arkansas, Mykia Brooks is the founder and CEO of Shyne Her Light INC., her Mid-South-area non-profit organization that is centered largely on promoting unity within women empowerment.

To her distinctly unique credit, Mykia Brooks isn’t your typical 27-year-old.

Credit the fact that she’s diligently on fire for God as arguably the biggest reason why.
For what it’s worth, it is due in large part to Brooks’ spirited and innovative disposition that have greatly enabled her to function mightily in her element, both as a Pastor and thriving entrepreneur — with God, her Helper, steering the way.
“What I like most is the women who are motivated by God (and that God is) using me to share my story or encourage them,” Brooks, during an interview this week with Making Headline News said, when asked what she likes the most about her flourishing venture.
A native of Blytheville, Arkansas, Brooks is the founder and CEO of Shyne Her Light INC., her Mid-South-area non-profit organization that is centered largely on promoting unity within women empowerment.

MORE ON SHYNE HER LIGHT INC.: https://www.shyneherlight.org/

Interestingly, Shyne Her Light sometime last year was spearheaded as a women empowerment group on Facebook and nearly 400 women have since joined Brooks’ credible organization, which has become widely known for its fervent commitment to empower, equip, and edify women to become the best versions of themselves.

Moreover, Brooks’ nonprofit organization has steadfastly set itself apart as an advocate for mental health, diabetes, and cancer, she told MHN.

That’s not all.

“Shyne Her Light INC. believes in helping, motivating, and inspiring every woman, no matter her race, background, or where she is from,” Brooks said. “(We strive to) soar into the greatness that she is born to be.”

RAPID GROWTH — Interestingly, Shyne Her Light sometime last year was spearheaded as a women empowerment group on Facebook and nearly 400 women have since joined Brooks’ credible organization, which has become widely known for its fervent commitment to empower, equip, and edify women to become the best versions of themselves..

In addition, Shyne Her Light INC. customarily provides mentoring for individuals ranging in ages 16-and-up, focusing mainly on personal development, professional development, business marketing, and spiritual guidance.

Also, Shyne Her Light INC. hosts business seminars for women, particularly those who aspire to start a business or currently run a business, but are seeking to network or gain pertinent information that would greatly enable them to become businesswomen.

“We look forward to the now and future to helping women no matter the situation or her past soar and evolve,” Brooks said.

By and large, Brooks’ Shyne Her Light INC. emerged amid humble beginnings. Amongst the reasons is that Brooks has surpassed things in her life, a trend that had ultimately given way to her ability to disconnect her from her purpose, as mentioned in a detailed introduction of her organization at https://www.shyneherlight.org/aboutceo.


THE PROVERBS 31 AFFECT 

Though she has yet to reach her 30’s, Brooks undoubtedly has endured her share of turmoil, from having conquered depression, molestation, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, mental abuse in relationships, diabetes, and financial struggles, among other things.

But God…

“She has overcome her biggest giants and uses her pain and trauma to empower other women to soar,” said a spoke for Brooks Shyne Her Light INC.

Interestingly and much to her delight, Brooks’ credible organization was birthed primarily when God once commanded her “to keep shining your light,” she recalls.

She’s since taken her Father’s direct commands and made it apart of the divine purpose for which she was created.

Yep, that’s just like God, always providing for His children a much-needed way of escape.


“God gave me that when I was being mentally abused,” said Brooks, alluding to the startup of her nonprofit. “Every time I post about Shyne Her Light, I’m reminded how I beat depression, sickness, suicidal, overcame low self-esteem, and created a platform for women to soar and become whom God intended for them to be.”


Brooks is overwhelmingly grateful of the notion that all things have worked together for her good.

“I knew that I (was) created for a purpose even when I fought my toughest battles of dealing with diabetes and going through the process of almost losing my eyesight,” Brooks explained. “God’s hands were on me for such a time like this. I stand for every woman that have or is facing depression, molestation, hardship, and healing.”

WHAT ABOUT US? Shyne Her Light INC. customarily provides mentoring for individuals ranging in ages 16-and-up, focusing mainly on personal development, professional development, business marketing, and spiritual guidance. Also, Shyne Her Light hosts business seminars for women, particularly those who aspire to start a business or currently run a business, but is seeking to network or gain pertinent information that would greatly enable them to become business women.

Upon graduating high school in 2010, Brooks earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminology Psychology from Arkansas Northeastern Community College in May 2013.

She is currently enrolled at Liberty University, where she is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Life Coach and Counseling Psychology and is expected to graduate is May 2021.

She will then pursue a Masters in Professional Counseling (Clinical Mental Health) and boasts lofty aspirations of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Though she has yet to reach her 30’s, Brooks undoubtedly has endured her share of turmoil, from having conquered depression, molestation, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, mental abuse in relationships, diabetes, and financial struggles, among other things.

A progressive nonprofit organization that has enjoyed constant success since it went into full operations on September 2, 2019, Brooks’ itinerary includes hosting Shyne Her Light’s inaugural Meet & Greet Seminar on December 21 at 6:30 p.m. CST at Nehemiah’s Holy Temple, the church she pastors that’s located at 1400 Chickasawba in Blytheville.

An event that will be accompanied by the theme, “Sunshine Like A Boss, Act Like A Woman” and is free and open to the public, this meet and greet will feature a few speakers, many of whom will provide strategic insight on starting a business, personal finances, business finances, skin care, having a healthy lifestyle, everyday makeup for working women, digital marking, and “so much more,” Brooks said.


SEASON OF DESTINY STEPS 

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — Upon graduating high school in 2010, Brooks earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminology Psychology from Arkansas Northeastern Community College in May 2013. She is currently enrolled at Liberty University, where she is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Life Coach and Counseling Psychology and is expected to graduate is May 2021.

Brooks’ Shyne HER Light was originally named “Shyne Your Light,” which was an encouragement name to which God had introduced her when she was praying on a way to escape a toxic relationship mired by mental abuse.

Interestingly, Brooks would subsequently change the name of her organization to “Shyne HER Light” once her empowerment group was officially established, in large part because she realized all through which she has gone was to help the next woman.

To her credit, she’s been nothing short of remarkable — with God, her Helper, steering the way.


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For more information on Blytheville, Arkansas-area Businesswoman Mykia Brooks of Shyne Her Light INC., to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 870.278.5723, or connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/MykiaBrooksMSB. Email her at: shyneherlight@gmail.com.


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Arkansas author Victoria Evans’ ‘Pieces Of Me’ figures to be a brilliant must read, constant page-turner


I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. (Ecclesiastes 9:11 KJV)


DALLAS — Victoria Evans had no lofty idea.

In fact, she couldn’t even see it, quite frankly.

Then just like that, God stepped in and revealed Himself as only He could.


PIECES OF SUCCESS 

DESTINY STEPS — A credible life coach and recent graduate of Jonesboro’s Life Coach School of Arkansas (or LCSA), Victoria Evans is the mastermind behind the soon-to-be-released book entitled, “Pieces Of Me,” her newly-assembled written document that is expected to help advance the kingdom mightily.

For Evans, amongst the things she discovered was that God’s revelation had come wrapped up in a promise, a pledge that would ultimately change the overall landscape of her life.

Never mind that she wasn’t so swift to embrace that about which was unfolding right before her very eyes.

“It took a while to accept what was put in front of me, but I made a decision to follow God’s promise,” Evans, a Jonesboro, Arkansas-area author, told Making Headline News this week.

For what it’s worth, it’s wasn’t until Evans steadfastly followed God’s lead that she, in turn, was introduced to the vision for which she was created.

NOT TOO EARLY — While a release date for Evans’ book has yet to be determined, Evans told MHN on Thursday that her new project is scheduled to be available this summer and that consumers can began requesting presale orders.

A credible life coach and recent graduate of Jonesboro’s Life Coach School of Arkansas (or LCSA), Evans is the mastermind behind the soon-to-be-released book entitled, “Pieces Of Me,” her newly-assembled written document that is expected to help advance the kingdom mightily.

While a release date for Evans’ book has yet to be determined, she told MHN on Thursday that her new project is scheduled to be available this summer and that consumers can began requesting presale orders.

Evans is scheduled to take part in an East Coast promotional radio tour in June, during which she will promote her new book. Also, she will be the keynote speaker at a commencement in the coming months, during which she will be afforded the golden opportunity to promote “Pieces Of Me.”


AND THE BIBLE SAYS…

To her credit, Evans’ “Pieces Of Me” figures to be an constant page-turner, primarily because it is centered largely on reaching people whom she says are “silently dying” or “suffering in pain,” particularly from the struggles they sense are too embarrassing to speak about, she said.

“I want to be a voice for others,” Evans says without hesitation.

It is, by all accounts, because of her eloquent voice through “Pieces Of Me” that has proven to serve as not just a spiritual spokesperson for those in dire need of breakthrough but, above all, her voice through her writings is indicative of just how much God has entrusted her to help enrich and empower the lives of His people for such a pivotal time as now.

GOD’S LEADING LADY — For Evans, amongst the things she discovered was that God’s revelation came wrapped up in a promise, a pledge that would ultimately change the overall landscape of her life. Never mind that she wasn’t so swift to embrace that about which was unfolding right before her very eyes.

Never mind that she initially wasn’t so swift to embrace that about which was unfolding right before her very eyes.


“My message through this book is that it is okay to go through struggles and sometimes feel like we aren’t going to make it, but it’s what we do to grow from it that matters. We get to choose to live or die in those situations. Not just physical death, but spiritually as well.” — Author Victoria Evans


Although she’s already fielding favorable feedback from a book that is months away from its official release, Evans emphasized, among other things: “I hope that the people that know me now can look at me and feel that (they are) much more empowered to live out their dreams and know that there is nothing you can’t do regardless of adversities we face.”

A book she needed somewhere in the neighborhood of a year-and-a-half to compose — “I began writing the book the summer of 2017 and I finished at the end of 2018,” she said — Evans is thoroughly convinced that “Pieces Of Me” is in alignment with her divine purpose.

“I know this book is a part of the purpose God has created for me, because every one of us has a story to tell,” Evans said. “We just have to find a way to tell it. Some choose through music, others through art. My choice was writing.”

And what a remarkably compelling masterpiece it is.


VICTORIOUS VICTORIA 

NATIONAL IMPACT — Evans is scheduled to take part in an East Coast promotional radio tour in June, during which she will promote her new book. Also, she will be the keynote speaker at a commencement in the coming months, during which she will be afforded the golden opportunity to promote “Pieces Of Me.”

Never mind that she initially wasn’t so swift to embrace that about which was unfolding right before her very eyes.

“Not many people know my background or the things that I have faced in my life,” said Evans, adding that another book is surely forthcoming. “And, for a lot of it, I chose to keep quiet in fear of hurting others. It came to a point in my life that I had to make a decision: Do I choose me or everyone else? I had to choose me. For the first time in a while, it was like breathing that first deep breath after drowning.”

Talk about appropriately picking up the broken pieces, all of which were designed to catapult her to her destiny from the outset.


For more information about Jonesboro, Arkansas Author/Businesswoman Victoria Evans, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, call 870.316.4379 or connect with her via social media at:

Facebook: Victoria Evans; Instagram: _phenomenal._.woman_; Snapchat: iambeautii. Also, send email to: victoriaevans5@gmail.com.


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Arkansas author Urica Ray conquers her ‘valley and dry place’ experiences, writes a life-changing book


But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (1 Peter 5:10 KJV)


DALLAS — Urica Ray fielded the question as if she expected it.

“I’m glad you asked,” Ray, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, recalling when God had given her the vision to assemble her new book. “I actually started writing the book on March 7, 2015.”

After having spent the next three years or so brainstorming, Ray officially began composing “Unveiling The Mask: After The Pain” in November 2018.

A RAY OF BLESSINGS 

WELCOME TO YOUR NEW SEASON — Even while trying to reinvent herself and rediscover her God-given worth during her time in the wilderness, God began to reveal to Mid-South author Urica Ray her strategic assignment through her book entitled, “Unveiling The Mask: After The Pain.”

By month’s end, her awe-inspiring masterpiece was all but complete and, much to her delight, it has been nothing short of remarkable.

As Ray explained, the prelude to writing her book arose amid her turbulent season, one she describes as a “valley,” or as she puts it more plainly, her time in what she deems refers to as the “dry place.”

“And I couldn’t understand that dry place but it had to happen,” Ray said without hesitation. “At this particular time, I felt like a baby in an incubator, fighting for my life. You know, a baby in an incubator is waiting on the physician to come and see about him or her, and that’s how I felt. I felt like I was in an incubator, waiting on God, waiting to see, hear, and waiting on a touch from Him.”


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STANDING OVATION — Since the release of “Unveiling The Mask: After The Pain,” the feedback, as expected, has been favorable for the most part, Ray said.

As Ray had ultimately discovered, it was time in that figurative — or spiritual — incubator that proved to be a defining moment, of sorts, particularly as it pertains to this Jonesboro, Arkansas-area author stepping out on faith even when it seemed her faith was bleak.

In fact, even while trying to reinvent herself and rediscover her God-given worth during her time in the wilderness, God began to reveal to Ray her strategic assignment through “Unveiling The Mask: After The Pain.”

Because after all, amongst the notable factors she’s grasped is that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

In a nutshell, it’s safe to assume that God had a divine purpose for this devout woman of faith even while being confined to that spiritual incubator.


“The message I want the people to know and see is that God’s hand is not too small. Sometimes, the valley place is our blessed place. We have to go through the valley in order to get to the promise.” — Author Urica Ray 


BUT GOD — As Ray explained, the prelude to writing her book arose amid her turbulent season she describes as a “valley,” or as she puts it more plainly, her time in what she deems refers to as the “dry place.”

Since the release of “Unveiling The Mask: After The Pain,” the feedback, as expected, has been favorable for the most part.

“The feedback (has been) amazing from the readers, and some were emotional just to see the lives of people gaining strength, hope, and faith,” said Ray, adding that a second book undoubtedly is forthcoming, although a specific timeframe has yet to be determine.

A graduate of Jonesboro’s Life Coach School of Arkansas (or LCSA), Ray is certified life coach, author, the wife of a military veteran, as well as a devoted mother and grandmother.

WOMAN OF MANY HATS — A graduate of Jonesboro’s Life Coach School of Arkansas (or LCSA), Ray is certified life coach, author, the wife of a military veteran, as well as a devoted mother and grandmother.

As for her itinerary, Ray announced that she has a few life-coaching events scheduled for some time in April. Also, will appear on Jonesboro’s KLEK 102.5 F.M. in the coming months, during which she and other LCSA authors will discuss a variety of stories and other topics.

Given all through which she’s overcome, Ray doesn’t shy away from the notion that God has strategically set her aside for His use.


THUS SAID THE LORD…

“The purpose God created (me) is in His word in Jeremiah 1:5 that says: “Before I formed you, I knew you; before you were born I set you apart,’” Ray said. “And that part of the scripture says enough, letting me know that His plans are not like man, so therefore, my book was not created for me, but for someone who will cross the same path as I.”

What a difference a season in that figurative — or spiritual — incubator has made.


For more information about Jonesboro, Arkansas-area Author Urica Ray, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/GraceandMercyRay. Also, send email to: abrightersmileforyou@gmail.com.


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Blytheville, Arkansas’ Tonya Osagie defies a slew of odds, resurrects her life with a loving husband and thriving business

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And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)

 

Tonya Charmaine Osagie was a pretty darn good basketball player back in the day.

HANDPICKED BY GOD — A native of Blytheville, Tonya C. Osagie is the proud Campus Director/Owner and featured Instructor at Phase 1 School Of Cosmetology, located at 220 West Main Street in her rural hometown.

So much, in fact, that after having graduated from Blytheville (Arkansas) High School in 1987, she signed a National Letter of Intent the following year to play junior college hoops before ultimately transferring to Lane College in nearby Jackson, Tennessee.

That, according to Osagie, is where a series of “bad choices” were made.

“I got pregnant my sophomore year, which resulted in me not being able to complete my senior year in college,” Osagie told Making Headline News during a weekend interview.

After having vacated school unceremoniously and prematurely, financial adversity had eventually barricaded her desire to return and finish what she started.  

“My (student) loan went into default,” Osagie recalled.

As if those weren’t enough obstacles to shake and challenge her faith, Osagie’s infant child died at just six weeks of age.

MUSTARD SEED SIZE FAITH — To her credit and because of the Christian principles she was taught as a youngster growing up in the Natural State, Osagie knew that at the end of the real day, there was one pivotal on which she could always rely. Her faith.

“Upon having to come back home to Blytheville…no college degree, no child, it seemed like all hope was gone,” Osagie said.

To her credit and because of the Christian principles she was taught as a youngster growing up in the Natural State, Osagie knew that at the end of the real day, there was one pivotal thing on which she could always rely.

Her faith.

“I remembered my favorite passage of scripture,” said Osagie, alluding to Jeremiah 29:11 and reciting it as if it was a self-imposed rallying cry, of sorts.

Come to think of it, it really was.

Interestingly, what Osagie — whose professional cosmetology career spans over 20 years and her instructing tenure more than 15 years — deems mostly refreshing is that God has sustained her for such a time as now.

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans of good and not of evil, to give you a hope and an expected end,” Osagie says every now and then.

Only this time, however, she customarily utters this scripture while flashing her signature smile, considering all things have surely worked together for her good.

“God sent (Bishop) Sunny Osagie (her husband) in my life, and I began to dream again,” Tonya Osagie said. “He asked me what did I want to pursue in life, and I told him I always dreamt of being a cosmetologist, and he told me to acquire the information for enrollment , and I haven’t looked back since.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

VISION FOCUSED — Today, Osagie — this vibrant, energetic, big-hearted woman of devout faith — has not only discovered her purpose but, much to her delight, she’s steadfastly walking in.

Today, Osagie — this vibrant, energetic, big-hearted woman of devout faith — has not only discovered her purpose but, much to her delight, she’s steadfastly walking in.

A native of Blytheville, Osagie is the proud Campus Director/Owner and featured Instructor at Phase 1 School Of Cosmetology, located at 220 West Main Street in her hometown.

“These events were the driving force behind my decision to become a hair stylist,” Osagie said.

And not just a hair stylist, but a fixture and beloved ambassador for Blytheville and the surrounding areas.

Osagie isn’t just widely known as a hair stylist, but a fixture and beloved ambassador for Blytheville and the surrounding areas.

“My most favorable aspect of being a stylist, instructor, and school owner is far beyond just doing and teaching hair,” Osagie explained. “God always sends me an assignment through my students or clients.”

And because Osagie — with the unyielding support of her husband, a longtime minister — has appropriately obeyed the voice of God in this season, her business isn’t just an ordinary business. It also has become her ministry in many aspects.

“This field has taken me all over the country, traveling to different hair shows, networking with salon and school owners, to sponsoring and attending hair shows,” Osagie said. “It is my personal mission to share my testimony with those who come across my path that think that life has been unfair to them, to let them know that they are never counted out. If they can imagine it, they can achieve it.”

I’VE GOT SUNSHINE — Because Osagie — with the unyielding support of her husband, a longtime minister — has appropriately obeyed the voice of God in this season, her business isn’t just an ordinary business. It also has become her ministry in many aspects.

More than anything, Osagie is especially grateful to Sunny — whom, as a unique way to play off of words — has brought an array of Sunlight to her life.

“My inspiration has been fueled by my husband, Bishop Sunny Osagie, a native of Nigeria who came to this country with $20.00,” said Osagie, explaining in detail her companion’s setback-to-comeback story as only she could. “But through hard work and perseverance, has defied the odds and become very successful. I am also inspired by my mother, the late Paulette Hodges, a single divorcee, who had four small children. She worked relentlessly to ensure that we would have an opportunity to become and do whatever we set our minds to. She never relied on the system to take of us. She worked tirelessly to provide everything we needed.”

Interestingly, what Osagie — whose professional cosmetology career spans over 20 years and her instructing tenure more than 15 years — deems mostly refreshing is that God has sustained her for such a time as now.

For such a tear-jerking, joyous, jubilant time whereby all things undoubtedly have worked out for her good.

On June 9, Osagie has announced that Phase 1 School Of Cosmetology will be sponsoring its annual Hair Show in Blytheville at 6:30pm at the Ritz Theatre.

“It’s important for me to esteem others, because I’m that little girl from the ghetto who, by stigmatism, should have had a house full of babies, or been on or selling drugs,” Osagie said. “But success is a mindset, not a title. So I esteem to inspire by letting everyone I come in contact with know that your environment does not detect your future if you set goals.”

Now we know why she has not only discovered her purpose but, much to her delight, she’s steadfastly walking in.

 

 

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.