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FedEx Corporation Executives partake in recent tour of UNICOR’s Operations in Forrest City, Arkansas

SEASON OF THE REBIRTH 

FRESH START — In July 2019, Dr. Belay Reddick urged FedEx Corp. Executive Vice President and CFO Alan B. Graf, Jr. in a letter to visit the UNICOR inmates because they were more likely to find and keep meaningful employment, and hiring them can pay big dividends for his company.

FORREST CITY, Arkansas — If re-entry involvement could be attributed to personal rehabilitation, Dr. Belay Reddick could well be the banner bearer.

Dr. Reddick, 51, is an accomplished author and is a current incarcerated.
Interestingly, Reddick garnered praise for bringing FedEx Corporation executives to UNICOR, a vital correctional program within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, for a tour of its furniture factory and to speak with the offenders who participate in the UNICOR program about employability skills needed for the workforce in early February.
Attendees included Barb Wallander, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Brandon Tolbert, Vice President of Human Resources, Rosemary Paden, Human Resources Advisor to Barb Wallander, Frank Olson, National Trainer, and Marlon Sanders, National Recruiter.

Dr. Reddick is the re-entry clerk for UNICOR in Forrest City, Arkansas, a company that customarily produces office furniture for the U.S. military. He is tasked with helping UNICOR inmates approaching release from custody get back on their feet. His goal is to ease the transition of inmates back into society, connecting them with jobs, housing and other resources.

“Learning, teamwork, putting customers first, and strong communication skills are all important in having a successful career,” Wallander recently told a crowd of roughly 130 inmates. “If you put the hard work in now, it’ll pay off later.”

Wallander added that FedEx Corp. will hire an ex-felon, provided the individual can pass a drug test and his date of conviction was at least 10 years ago.

In 2016, Dr. Reddick received media attention for hosting 12 senior advisors from the Obama administration at the Atlanta federal prison to hear a debate of three inmates with lengthy custodial sentences challenge a team of three Morehouse College undergraduates.

Tolbert offered tips as well, mentioning that he recently hired an ex-felon. Tolbert told the group of men that he believes in second chances.

“Always take 100 percent responsibility. Think like an owner. Play offense. Leave a legacy,” Tolbert said.

After giving motivating and inspiring highlights of their careers, the FedEx Corp. team conducted highly effective mock job interviews. Interestingly, the team provided critical feedback to the UNICOR inmates regarding their resumes content, eye contact, posture, communication skills, personal appearance, and overall job interview performance.

The team then viewed a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation about UNICOR Forrest City’s state-of-the-art equipment, and the various training inmates receive in the program.

A native of Jacksonville, Dr. Reddick is a licensed minister, author, publisher and motivational speaker. A Paxon Senior High graduate, Dr. Reddick attended Florida Community College at Jacksonville, Hillsborough Community College, as well as the Goshen Biblical Institute & Theological Seminary and NationsUniversity.

In July 2019, Dr. Reddick urged FedEx Corp. Executive Vice President and CFO Alan B. Graf, Jr. in a letter to visit the UNICOR inmates because they were more likely to find and keep meaningful employment, and hiring them can pay big dividends for his company.

Three months later, FedEx Corp. contacted Operational Accountant Marilyn Phelix who retired last December about Dr. Reddick’s letter, and the opportunity to visit the inmates in 2020.

Dr. Reddick’s personal story is worthy of a Charles Dickens novel, according to sources with knowledge of his situation.

Prior to his conviction in 2005 for engaging in an illegal check passing scheme, Dr. Reddick was a homeless man, living in his car. He says that was an “idiotic thing to do.”

Consequently, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, far from his family in Jacksonville, Florida.

He found himself in a gloomy place, surrounded by negativity and looking for a chance to help others who have taken wrong turns in life. It’s the kind of story prison staff members rarely see.


“I’m a proud, rehabilitated returning citizen,” Dr. Reddick said. “The things I’ve had to contend with have shaped me as a much better man and a much better person.”


In 2016, Dr. Reddick received media attention for hosting 12 senior advisors from the Obama administration at the Atlanta federal prison to hear a debate of three inmates with lengthy custodial sentences challenge a team of three Morehouse College undergraduates.

“We have so many barriers in place,” says Dr. Reddick of finding employment post-incarceration. “If I can change that, then my living won’t be in vain.”

To his credit, Dr. Reddick plans to bring other major U.S. companies to UNICOR such as Amazon and Walmart. He estimates these reentry events will help between 300 to 600 inmates a year. The men there, he added, will be able to take care of themselves and their families financially, helping to make communities safer.

Dr. Reddick is the re-entry clerk for UNICOR in Forrest City, Arkansas, a company that customarily produces office furniture for the U.S. military. He is tasked with helping UNICOR inmates approaching release from custody get back on their feet. His goal is to ease the transition of inmates back into society, connecting them with jobs, housing and other resources.

A native of Jacksonville, Dr. Reddick is a licensed minister, author, publisher and motivational speaker. A Paxon Senior High graduate, Dr. Reddick attended Florida Community College at Jacksonville, Hillsborough Community College, as well as the Goshen Biblical Institute & Theological Seminary and NationsUniversity.

“It’s an effective way to help reduce high recidivism rates. I want to bring these companies in to benefit inmates scheduled to be release from custody within 6 months. That’s good for the prison, and it’s an awesome collaboration effort. It really provides inmates with hope, and it’s why I’m doing it,” Dr. Reddick said.

“I just thank God for having the full support of UNICOR General Manager Dennis Merrion. This is something that the Federal Bureau of Prisons should be excited about, and it all started with my letter.”


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Houston entrepreneur Janelle Malone of Cultured Realty: ‘I had no choice but to use my gifts and follow my passions’

DALLAS — Janelle Malone was literally born into this ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship.

To her distinctly unique credit, she has steadfastly grabbed a firm hold of her awe-inspiring niche as an accomplished businesswoman.
For Malone, 42, her rise to entrepreneurship success began years ago under the tutelage of her beloved mother, who was a crafty and resourceful businesswoman in her own right.

LONE STAR SUCCESS

BASKING IN GOD’S GLORY — A native of nearby Fort Worth, Texas, Janelle Malone is co-owner of Cultured Realty, a Houston-based real estate company she oversees along with fellow business partner Raevonne Walker.

“Thanks to my mom, I was groomed early as a woman and an entrepreneur,” Malone told Making Headline News this week. “My mom ran a mobility impaired transportation company and she owned a cleaning service. I got married early in life, and my ex-husband was a serial entrepreneur. We owned two barber shops, two snow cone stands, and a lawn service. I had no choice but to use my gifts and follow my passions.”

All things considered, Malone didn’t just aggressively put her immeasurable God-given “passions” on display but, to her credit, she’s now taking that about which she was taught and passing along such keen knowledge to others.


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A native of nearby Fort Worth, Texas, Malone is co-owner of Cultured Realty, a Houston-based real estate company she oversees along with fellow business partner Raevonne Walker.

As one of the masterminds of a company that went into operations on February 8, 2020, Malone works in a variety of roles, most notably as a real estate broker, licensed real estate instructor, and productivity coach, among others.

As Malone explains, that she has been afforded the golden opportunity to fortify her assortment of gifts in one of America’s most popular industries undoubtedly is a dream come true.

“God gave me a natural gift to educate, encourage, counsel, and assist others,” Malone, a graduate of Fort Worth’s Trimble Technical High School, said. “I wanted to have time with my children and my real estate career allowed me to be a great mom and never miss an event in their life. The constant push of living by faith has driven me to the person I am today.”

MOM KNOWS BEST — For Malone, 42, her rise to entrepreneurship success began years ago under the tutelage of her beloved mother, who was a crafty and resourceful businesswoman in her own right.

After graduating high school, Malone subsequently earned an Associate’s Degree from my associates degree from Tarrant County Community College. Her professional experience in real estate spans two decades, a stint that includes this native Texan having started her own brokerage firm in her native establishment.

Interestingly, Malone joined Keller Williams Realty in 2015 during which she assumed roles as a coach and trainer which, much to her delight, allowed this business coaching guru to train and empower agents nationwide.

“I’m a real estate broker and I coach agents to success,” said Malone who, along with working alongside Walker as the faces of Cultured Realty, teaches courses at Champions Real Estate School a few times a month.

“I create a positive growth environment that allows me to shape agents’ mindset and real new levels, both personally and in their business,” said Malone, explaining what she loves the most about her profession, which caters mostly to individuals ranging in ages 29 to 52. “I can grow through others. I have a natural ability to reach the unreachable and teach the unreachable.”

TEAM TEXAS — As one of the masterminds of a company that went into operations on February 8, 2020, Malone works in a variety of roles, most notably as a real estate broker, licensed real estate instructor, and productivity coach, among others.

By and large, Cultured Realty has is thoroughly committed to empowering like-minded professionals to become a better version of themselves, a trend that practically sums up its rapid — and continuous — growth since its recent inception.


“I want to help people break through barriers that have held back imbedded potential,” Malone said. “(I want to help them) reach heights that can change and disrupt generational curses in their families, leave legacies, and live a life by design.”


In acknowledging God first and foremost for her sustained success, Malone doesn’t shy away from the notion that she was blessed mightily to have at her disposal people who helped steer her in the right direction.

YOU GO GIRL!!!!! As Malone explains, that she has been afforded the golden opportunity to fortify her assortment of gifts in one of America’s most popular industries undoubtedly is a dream come true.

“He always put someone in my path to help and support, and they almost always were better than they came,” Malone said. “My ex-husband made me believe that I could orchestrate my own destiny and my small wins were my confirmations.”

Today, unlike never before, Malone’s primary focus is centered largely helping others to press and navigate their way to entrepreneurship success.

“When I help others grow, I grow,” Malone said. “I am charged to use my gifts so I don’t disappoint God and I make a good use of my skills. I have so much to share and most of it comes naturally. I believe that you are as strong as your weakest link. It’s selfish to be able to help and you don’t.”

Spoken like a true and long-standing business professional, was literally born into this ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship.


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Houston businesswoman Raevonne Walker’s Cultured Realty growing in unprecedented numbers


For more information about Houston-area Businesswoman Janelle Malone of Cultured Realty, to inquire about a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 817.703.9305 or connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/culturedrealty/. Also, send email to: Janelle@cultured01.com.


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Alvin Johnson’s Hope Housing Foundation has emerged as one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s finest nonprofit organizations


A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1 KJV)


A RAY OF HOPE 

TEXAS-SIZED IMPACT — Much to his delight, such a “fire” has appropriately given way to Texas businessman Alvin Johnson having emerged as the President of Hope Housing Foundation, his Dallas/Fort Worth-area nonprofit organization that went into full operations in December 1998.

DUNCANVILLE, Texas — Alvin Johnson knew exactly what he wasn’t doing to please God.

“I have had no role model to follow, but have prayed for mentors since I was about 35 years old, waking up realizing that I was not fulfilling what I promised God many years before,” Johnson, during a recent interview with Making Headline News said, recalling the past development that have greatly helped shaped his life as an accomplished businessman.
For Johnson, God had strategically introduced him to the divine purpose for which he was created, a life-altering memory that arose through a gallery of positive male figures.
“(God) allowed several men to come in to my life at different times that have helped develop me in to the man I am,” Johnson explained. “I am always about continual growth and participate in many high level mastermind groups that continue to fuel the fire within.”
Much to his delight, such a “fire” has appropriately given way to Johnson having emerged as the President of Hope Housing Foundation, his Dallas/Fort Worth-area nonprofit organization that went into full operations in December 1998.

MORE ON HOPE HOUSING FOUNDATION: https://www.hopehousingfoundation.org/

Headquartered at 3900 South Stonebridge Drive, Suite 304 in nearby McKinney, Texas, Hope Housing Foundation is dedicated largely to the creation and preservation of affordable workforce housing, particularly for low-to-moderate income families and individuals, as well as community development, as mentioned at https://www.hopehousingfoundation.org/history-of-hope/our-story.

In essence, while this longstanding nonprofit organization is thoroughly committed to housing, HOPE is widely known also for reinvesting excess revenues through its charitable mission and offering a business model, of sorts, that will position the foundation as one of the most effective, impactful nonprofit affordable workforce housing organizations in the country.

What’s even more astounding is that Johnson’s company offers like-minded business professionals opportunities to invest with Hope Housing Foundation as a strategic and effective way to generate massive amounts of returns on their investment, as well as impact the lives of the communities they serve.

“I’m in the people business,” said Johnson, explaining in great detail the keen passion he’s adopted through his venture. “We believe that everyone deserves to have a nice place to call home, in spite of the economic situation they’re in because of their decisions.”

Interestingly, Hope Housing Foundation has developed a solid commitment to meeting the needs of youths who are in dire need of a breakthrough.

“We believe that kids should grow up in an environment where they see people doing positive things…raising families and not just existing,” Johnson said. “That’s the environment we try to foster in our apartment communities.”

Armed with more than three-and-a-half decades of experience in the ever-so-competitive real estate industry, Johnson’s company has become an evolving fixture for purchasing what he refers to as “distressed apartment communities,” which has enabled it to deploy millions of dollars in to the asset, as well as provide people a place where they are afforded the golden opportunity to live victoriously instead of having to live just to exist.

“We also provide programs to feed the kids after school and have after school activities, as well as feeding programs during the summer when they are out of school,” Johnson said. “With this business model, we have built a 100-plus million dollar organization.”


LEAGUE OF ITS OWN 

Armed with more than three-and-a-half decades of experience in the ever-so-competitive real estate industry, Johnson’s company has become an evolving fixture for purchasing what he refers to as “distressed apartment communities,” which has enabled it to deploy millions of dollars in to the asset, as well as provide people a place where they are afforded the golden opportunity to live victoriously instead of having to live just to exist.

What’s even more astounding is that Johnson’s company offers like-minded business professionals opportunities to invest with Hope Housing Foundation as a strategic and effective way to generate massive amounts of returns on their investment, as well as impact the lives of the communities they serve.

A native of Beaumont, Texas, Johnson is widely regarded as a longtime mentor to thousands of business professional, particularly those who aspire acquire knowledge in his selected industry.

“My competitive drive came from an insatiable desire to eat,” Johnson said. “I had no fall back plan.”

Long before God introduced him to his divine purpose, Johnson had founded himself struggling to conquer arguably his life’s grandest obstacle.


“After a failed suicide attempt when my son was three (years of age) and I felt as though my family would be better off without me, I prayed and decided to allow God to use my life for His glory and help someone else have what they didn’t have — an opportunity,” Johnson recalls.


Years removed from having cleared arguably the biggest hurdle of his life, Johnson has adopted the notion that implies, among other things, his steadfast commitment of giving back.

And not just giving back for the sake of giving. But rather giving back as if his life depends on it.

But in actuality, it does.

“I believe that it is our responsibility to reach back and assist someone become their best self,” Johnson said. “It is our responsibility to become highly successful in order to do this. It’s not about the money, but it’s about the money. If we don’t have a margin, then we can’t have a mission, so resources are important.”

Not to mention one’s fervent desire to please God.


DESTINY STEPS 

Headquartered at 3900 South Stonebridge Drive, Suite 304 in nearby McKinney, Texas, Hope Housing Foundation is dedicated largely to the creation and preservation of affordable workforce housing, particularly for low-to-moderate income families and individuals, as well as community development, as mentioned at https://www.hopehousingfoundation.org/history-of-hope/our-story.

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth Businessman Alvin Hope Johnson of Hope Housing Foundation or to inquire about business opportunities, call 214-842-8075 or connect with him by logging on to: https://www.hopehousingfoundation.org/. Connect with him via social media at: (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/hopehousingfoundation or (Twitter) https://twitter.com/HopeHousingTX.


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Texas author A’Londa L. Barber’s spiritually-empowering new book generating an array of favorable reviews


I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14 NIV)


SEASON OF THE REBIRTH

GOD’S LEADING LADY — For A’Londa Barber, a Dallas/Fort Worth area resident who is native of El Paso, Texas, she was afforded the golden opportunity sometime last year to take yet another massive step toward her destiny, courtesy of her book entitled, “Journey Of A Sista On The Downlow Volume 1.”

DALLAS — Nearly four decades — or 38 years to be exact.

That is the timeframe by which it had taken A’Londa L. Barber to admittedly come with the notion that God had strategically set her aside for His use.
“It took me 38 years to own up to who I was and to accept the life God had for me, because I spent so much time trying to live up to others’ expectations of me and who I should be,” Barber, during an interview this week with Making Headline News said, explaining vividly the memorable developments that had given way to her having composed a new book.
For Barber, a Dallas/Fort Worth area resident who is native of El Paso, Texas, she was afforded the golden opportunity sometime last year to take yet another massive step toward her destiny, courtesy of her book entitled, “Journey Of A Sista On The Downlow Volume 1.”

BUY A’LONDA BARBER’S BOOK HERE: http://www.alondabarber.com/

“So many times, we hear about a man being on the downlow, but hardly do we hear about women who are on the downlow,” Barber said. “I know my journey was not just for me, but also for others to hear me share my testimony through transparency so they can hear about God’s grace and unconditional love.”

A book that was officially published last spring, Barber’s “Journey Of A Sista On The Downlow Volume 1” depicts the life of an Indigo which, as mentioned in a detailed synopsis at Amazon.com, is a woman torn between her flesh and her spirituality.

“Like so many women, she was robbed of her innocence as a child by a sexual predator,” said an Amazon spokesperson for Barber’s “Journey Of A Sista On The Downlow Volume 1.’ “That unwelcomed introduction to adulthood led her down a path of promiscuity and eventually a bisexual lifestyle.”

Moreover, as she grew into an adult, this Indigo had ultimately turned to the church for support and spiritual guidance only to find that some of her harshest critics sat in the pews next to her.

A MUST READ — A book that was officially published last spring, Barber’s “Journey Of A Sista On The Downlow Volume 1” depicts the life of an Indigo which, as mentioned in a detailed synopsis at Amazon.com, is a woman torn between her flesh and her spirituality.

All things considered, this author vividly reminds her reading audience that where man failed, her Lord and Savior prevailed, she writes.

Simply put, this is, by all accounts, her memorable and much-anticipated journey to deliverance, one that proves you can rise after you fall as long as you have faith as your crutch.

Having begun writing the first installment of her book in 2018, Barber has announced that “Journey Of A Sista On The Downlow Volume 2” is presently in the works and is slated to be published in March 2020.


“No matter where you are in your life, accept it and walk in your truth,” said Barber, explaining the divine message she aspires to send to her reading audience in “Journey Of A Sista On The Downlow Volume 1.’ “Our purpose here on earth is to fulfill the plan which God has designed for us, no matter what man thinks.”


As expected, the feedback since the release of Barber’s “Journey Of A Sista On The Downlow Volume 1” has been nothing short of impression.

All of which much to the delight of this Christian-based author, practically sums up this book aligns with the divine purpose for which God has created her.

“Even though the book is fiction, it is based on true events of my life,” Barber explains. “This book is part of my purpose, because it allows me to tell my story of a sista on the downlow.

“So many times, we hear about a man being on the downlow, but hardly do we hear about women who are on the downlow,” Barber continued. “I know my journey was not just for me, but also for others to hear me share my testimony through transparency so they can hear about God’s grace and unconditional love.”

“It took me 38 years to own up to who I was and to accept the life God had for me, because I spent so much time trying to live up to others’ expectations of me and who I should be,” Barber, during an interview this week with Making Headline News said, explaining vividly the memorable developments that had given way to her having composed a new book.

A book series she hopes will ultimately be transformed into a stage play, Barber has announced the “We D.I.D. It Book Tour” is forthcoming along with a half dozen other authors during which they will share their journeys from tragedy to triumph, all the while inspiring others’ life transformation.

“As far as personal speaking engagements, I have quite a few scheduled, but between the book tour and LonnieB Creative Designs/Branding, I am pretty busy,” said Barber, a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and co-host of My SiSStas Keeper  online radio show.

A resident of nearby DeSoto, Texas, Barber is a member of Jubilee Community Church in DeSoto, which is pastored by Gregory Drake.


SIGNS OF THINGS TO COME 

Having begun writing the first installment of her book in 2018, Barber has announced that “Journey Of A Sista On The Downlow Volume 2” is presently in the works and is slated to be published in March 2020.

 


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth Businesswoman/Author A’Londa L Barber, to order her book or to schedule her for a public appearance or book signing, log on to: http://www.alondabarber.com/. Connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/ALONDABARBER1.


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LeBron James on Mavs star Luka Dončić: ‘He’s a great, young talent; I love his game’

STAR WATCH 

GREAT COMPANY — Three-time NBA champion and four-time league MVP LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has been especially complementary of Luka Dončić, the Mavericks’ prized swingman, who’s been as good as advertised since he made the transition from the EuroLeague to U. S. soil following the 2018 campaign. (Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY)

DALLAS — Ever since he’s made his NBA coming out party last season, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Dončić has been the beneficiary of a slew of accolades and figurative pats on the back.

Especially from arguably the best basketball player on the planet.
Three-time NBA champion and four-time league MVP LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has been especially complementary of Dončić, the Mavericks’ prized swingman, who’s been as good as advertised since he made the transition from the EuroLeague to U. S. soil following the 2018 campaign.
Having been dubbed the best 20-year-old player in NBA history behind James — who entered the NBA at 18 years of age — all Dončić has done since being anointed NBA Rookie of The Year last season is pick up where he left off.
PLAYOFF PREVIEW? Heading into Friday night’s nationally-televised showdown against the first place Lakers at the American Airlines Center (8:30 CST on ESPN) in what appears to be a potential playoff preview, the Mavericks (23-14) are currently sixth in the Western Conference standings, having amassed eight more wins than last season after 27 games.. (Getty Images Photo)

The 6-foot-7 Slovenian’s 29.6 points per game is third best in the NBA behind Houston’s James Harden (38.5) and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, the league’s reigning MVP.

Add to the fact that Dončić’s display undoubtedly has given way to the Mavs having become one of the NBA’s biggest surprises this season, and it’s no wonder the greatest player of this generation deems it essential to often give props to a youngster, who’s already assumed the superstar label, a feat he’s emphatically cemented less than one year removed from the ceremonious retirement of Mavs great Dirk Nowitzki.

Much to the delight of Dončić, James is certainly a fan of the NBA sophomore sensation.

“He’s a great, young talent,” James told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “I love his game. He has the ability to not only create shots for himself, but I love the fact that he can get great looks for his team.”

It is, by all accounts, because of Dončić’s remarkable play, coupled with last year’s midseason acquisition of Kristaps Porziņģis, that Dallas will be vying for a playoff spot between now and season’s end.

Heading into Friday night’s nationally-televised showdown against the first place Lakers at the American Airlines Center (8:45 CST on ESPN) in what appears to be a potential playoff preview, the Mavericks (23-14) are currently sixth in the Western Conference standings, having amassed eight more wins than last season after 27 games.

MAKING NOISE — Having been dubbed the best 20-year-old player in NBA history behind James — who entered the NBA at 18 years of age — all Dončić has done since being anointed NBA Rookie of The Year last season is pick up where he left off.

“They’re a competitive team with KP (Kristaps Porziņģis) and Luka with (Maxi) Kleber, (Dorian) Finney-Smith, and Seth (Curry) and those guys they have around him,” James said of a Dallas team that has dropped two of three meetings with the Lakers this season. “They play fast. They shoot a lot of threes and push the tempo to keep you off balance. (Mavs coach Rick) Carlisle’s team has always been well-coached.”

Said fellow Lakers superstar Anthony Davis in assessing the resurgence a Mavs team that’s looking to snap a four-year playoff drought: “They’re a very good team. They’re a playoff team. Their cornerstone is KP and Luka with a great supporting cast around them.”

While James has praised the way the Mavs’ leader has gone about adjusting to life as one of the NBA’s young bright stars, Dončić, on the other hand, has always been equally fond of James, a 16-year veteran and 14-time All-Star.

During a game in L. A. last November, Dončić was spotted waiting outside of the Lakers’ locker room, where he received an autographed jersey signed by James.

While James has praised the way the Mavs’ leader has gone about adjusting to life as one of the NBA’s young bright stars, Dončić, on the other hand, has always been fond of James, a 16-year veteran and 14-time All-Star. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

One of James’ representatives emerged from the locker room with a signed No. 23 jersey that read “To: Luka D, God Bless and continue to #StriveForGreatness.”

All things considered, striving for greatness seems to have become a personal mantra, of sorts, for Dončić, who unquestionably has made his presence felt since he’s entered the NBA ranks.

Just like James, his biggest mentor, had done a little more than a decade-and-a-half ago as an NBA newcomer.

“That’s what I like about him,” said James, who has gone on record recently and said Dončić is the kind of player with whom he’d like to play. “He plays the game the right way.”

A pretty remarkably brilliant assessment from arguably the best basketball player on the planet.


Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder/Publisher & Editor In Chief 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 makingheadlinenews@gmail.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 


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Once a high school dropout, Texas businesswoman Felicia Jeffries becomes a successful, educated entrepreneur


I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14 NIV)


REPRESENTING ‘DA SIP’

SEASON OF BLESSINGS — A native of Holly Springs, Mississippi, Felicia Jeffries, 39, is an accomplished business and credit consultant as the mastermind behind Moore Financial Services, a board certified credit consultant endeavor that has greatly afforded her the golden opportunity to reap her share of sustained success.

DALLAS — One thing about Felicia Jeffries, she undoubtedly knows her God-given worth.

That is why come hell or high water, she’s become destined to possess and savor the abundant life that Christ came to give her.
“God put me here for that purpose,” Jeffries, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, explaining why it is imperative to esteem others daily. “The law of nature shows that the universe and nature works by cooperation and support. Human beings, when in a healthy, cooperative environment with support and love, can thrive and reach unsurpassing heights.
“I want to be the reflection of God’s light and help others see His grace and mercy through me in everything I do.”
To Jeffries’ credit, she certainly has proven to be a “reflection of God’s light,” particularly through her valiant contributions as a successful Dallas/Fort Worth-area businesswoman.
A native of Holly Springs, Mississippi, Jeffries, 39, is an accomplished business and credit consultant as the mastermind behind Moore Financial Services, a board certified credit consultant endeavor that has greatly afforded her the golden opportunity to reap her share of sustained success.

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Widely known amongst her peers as “The Business Whisperer,” Jeffries has developed a keen passion for helping business owners repair their personal credit — this after she spent a considerable amount of time as a paralegal some nine years ago.

Then, three months after having starting college, Jeffries expanded her business-related repertoire when she assumed a position for a business and bankruptcy attorney.

As Jeffries recalled, her quest to fulfilling her God-given purpose arose amid a rather disheartening development involving one of the clients of an attorney.


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“We got a case from a young black boutique owner who was being sued by a large leasing company for being unable to pay her rent,” Jeffries explained. “She went five months without paying rent, because it was too expensive for her business’ budget. The leasing agency wanted payment in full. She couldn’t produce it, so they sued her.”

Jeffries, in fact, had essentially become affected by the client’s unfortunate situation.

“She walked into the office, crying with no money for an attorney,” Jeffries said. “So the attorney took the case Pro Bono (for free). The attorney reviewed the lease looking for loopholes and told the client she owed the money, because there were no loop holes. So we filed for bankruptcy.


SEASON OF THE REBIRTH 

“Since I knew about business credit and how its built on the EIN and not the owner’s social security number, I started separating business owners from their companies, not only to have the limited liability protection, but also to be able to obtain more borrowing power, to have that competitive edge to obtain those large corporate and government contracts, and just be all around credible,” said Jeffries, the author of the newly-produced book entitled, “Diary of Your Favorite Animals Near Extinction: Volume 1.

“The client wanted her merchandise out of the store,” Jeffries continued. “The leasing company wouldn’t release it. The attorney had to file a motion for the company to release the merchandise. They fought the motion, but our client won; however, the leasing agency’s representatives were angry. They called the client in the middle of the night and told her to pick up her stuff.

“The client arrived to the locked store with her merchandise sitting outside in black garbage bags…about $25,000 in merchandise. Not only that, they had poured oil on her merchandise. What they didn’t pour oil on, they broke. The attorney sued the leasing agency, but because it is a multi-billion dollar company, they fought against that lawsuit until the client finally just gave up and disappeared.”

It was, in fact, because of that downtrodden situation that Jeffries had become even more inspired to make a difference in her selected industry.

“Seeing this case made me want to help people repair their credit,” Jeffries said. “So I started a consumer credit repair firm after receiving the education to repair credit.”

Fortunately for Jeffries, a host of business owners began soliciting her services to have personal credit restored for their respective businesses.

MAKING STRIDES — Jeffries eventually earned her GED in 1998. Approximately 12 years later, she her garnered an undergraduate degree in Legal Studies, and in 2011, she would become fully certified as a credit consultant. Not to be outdone, Jeffries received certification from UCLA for Global Entrepreneurship in 2016 and earned certification in grant writing the following year.

“Since I knew about business credit and how its built on the EIN and not the owner’s social security number, I started separating business owners from their companies, not only to have the limited liability protection, but also to be able to obtain more borrowing power, to have that competitive edge to obtain those large corporate and government contracts, and just be all around credible,” said Jeffries, the author of the newly-produced book entitled, “Diary of Your Favorite Animals Near Extinction: Volume 1. 

For this native Mid-Southerner, her rise to entrepreneurial success didn’t come easily, considering Jeffries dropped out of high school during her sophomore.

Luckily for her, someone was able to see her potential long before she ever discovered it.


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“My former best friend’s mother saw our lives going nowhere and signed us up for Job Corp,” Jeffries said.

Jeffries eventually earned her GED in 1998. Approximately 12 years later, she acquired an undergraduate degree in Legal Studies, and in 2011, she would become fully certified as a credit consultant.

Not to be outdone, Jeffries received certification from UCLA for Global Entrepreneurship in 2016, then earned certification in grant writing the following year.

Talk about pulling off a dramatic comeback for the ages in this thing called life.

“Although, I am not perfect, I strive to be the type of human I would want my daughter to be,” Jeffries said.

To her credit, she’s doing just that, leading by example to the fullest.

With God, her Helper, steering the way.


For more information on Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Felicia Jeffries of Moore Financial Services, call her office at 888.387.1117 or fax to 888. 418.3978. Connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/ladiifelicia. Also, send email to: felicia@moorefinancialservices.net.


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Texas mother Aleesha Simmons remembering her son’s legacy through a notable non-profit organization

DOING IT FOR DOUG

REMEMBERING DOUG — According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Doug Williams — who lettered in football, basketball, and track and field for Dallas’ Franklin D. Roosevelt High School — was conditioning in April at a nearby park when he suddenly passed out. To no avail, first responders could not resuscitate him. Williams’ mother, Aleesha Simmons, has since established “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” her rising nonprofit organization that is presently in the works and is scheduled to officially go into operations within “four-to-six weeks,” she said.

DUNCANVILLE, Texas — For Aleesha Simmons, it is a dejected, demoralizing feeling she’s repeated said she doesn’t want another mother to have to convey.

The discomfort to which she is alluding is the shocking death of her son, Doug Williams, a then-multi-sport athlete at Dallas’ Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, whose life was cut short back in April amid a sudden cardiac arrest.
He was 16.
According to a report at https://www.your-heart-health.com/content/close-the-gap/en-US/heart-disease-facts/young-athletes.html, sudden cardiac arrest (or SCA) is the leading cause of death in young athletes. Most often, the death occurs during athletic training or competition.
If SCA is not treated immediately, it can lead to sudden cardiac death (or SCD) within minutes, the report said.
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Williams — who lettered in football, basketball, and track and field — was conditioning at a nearby park when he suddenly passed out. To no avail, first responders could not resuscitate him.

MORE ON SIMMON’S NONPROFIT: https://www.dougsrun.org/

At the time of his death, Williams reportedly was hours removed from having rededicated his life to Christ.

“After my 16-year-old son passed away suddenly in April due to the sudden cardiac arrest, it left me so lost and confused,” Simmons told Making Headline News this week. “And I feel like I didn’t want any other mother to have to go through this, especially not even knowing that something was even wrong.”

While Simmons and her family undoubtedly will be affected by the sudden demise of her son for the rest of their lives, she has — to her credit — deemed it essential to carry on Williams’ legacy through a notable cause.

As Simmons explained, while a majority of the Roosevelt High School community is still very affected by her son’s death, a number of fellow church members and close acquaintances are backing her mightily on bringing about awareness through her fledgling organization.

A native of Chicago who works primarily as a Dallas/Fort Worth-area customer service specialist, Simmons is the founder and director of “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” her rising nonprofit organization that is presently in the works and is scheduled to officially go into operations within “four-to-six weeks,” she said.

Through “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” Simmon’s strategic mission is centered largely on stopping the vastly growing epidemic of sudden cardiac arrest, particularly amongst youth athletes, she told MHN.

In order for this to happen, parents, student athletes, and trainers must become knowledgeable about the various symptoms related to cardiac arrest so that her organization, in turn, can appropriately assist in setting up the necessary screenings, etc.

GOD’S PLAN…GOD’S PLAN — At the time of his death, Williams reportedly was hours removed from having rededicated his life to Christ.

Interestingly, “Doug’s Run To The Finish” will host community-wide events during which it will provide credible resources and pertinent information, as well CPR training, which would involve educating certified individuals on how to properly use a defibrillator, Simmons said.

In addition, Simmons emphasized she will execute the essential steps to ensure that area sports teams are equipped with defibrillators to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in the event a student athlete collapses.

As Simmons explained, while a majority of the Roosevelt High School community is still very much affected by her son’s death, a number of fellow church members and close acquaintances are backing her mightily on bringing about awareness through her fledgling organization.


“(I thank) my pastor (Andrew Jackson Jr.), my family and close friends who are deeply affected by my son’s sudden passing,” Simmons said. “This mission is very near and dear to my heart, because the day I lost my son was by far the worst day that I’ve ever experienced in my life.”


For what it’s worth, Simmons has often struggled, particularly with regards to seeing a silver-lining, of sorts, in the wake of Williams’ untimely death.

“Someone told me that my son was a seed and his passing was just the seed being planted and this mission is the fruits of that seed sprouting up and manifesting,” Simmons explained. “So my son lives on through saving the lives of others.”

While Simmons and her family undoubtedly will be affected by the sudden demise of her son for the rest of their lives, she has — to her credit — deemed it essential to carry on Williams’ legacy through a notable cause.

A nonprofit organization that’s geared toward individuals ranging mostly between the ages five-to-25, Simmons said amongst the factors about which she has become thoroughly persuaded is that her son undoubtedly fulfilled the purpose for which God created him.

Now it’s time to effectively carry out his legacy through a notable organization that figures to not just change a generation, but to impact it in the process.

After all, Simmons is fully convinced that is what her young, vibrant, speedy multi-sport athlete of a son would have wanted.


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According to a report at https://www.your-heart-health.com/content/close-the-gap/en-US/heart-disease-facts/young-athletes.html, sudden cardiac arrest (or SCA) is the leading cause of death in young athletes. Most often, the death occurs during athletic training or competition. Williams was 16 at the time of his death.

“My goal is for this campaign to go as far and as wide as it possibly can,” said Simmons, whose organization is already becoming a fixture throughout the DFW Metroplex. “(I’m doing this) knowing that my son’s life has a purpose.”

A purpose that’s still very much justifiable to this day — and beyond.

How befitting for a well-rounded student athlete whom, much to his credit, ran to the finish.


For more information on Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Aleesha Simmons of “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” to make a monetary donation, to schedule her for public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/aleesha.simmons.


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Texas author Patrice Starks writes second book after doctors said she had 90 days to live


Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. (1 Samuel 17:40 NIV)


GIANTS DO FALL 

GIANT FAITH — A native of Athens, Texas, Patrice Starks authored “Five Smooth Stones: Diary Of A Modern Day Giant Slayer,” a spiritually-empowering written work that is currently available for presale ordering.

DALLAS — Six words essentially changed the overall landscape of Patrice Starks’ life.

Seriously.
As Starks recalls vividly, she witnessed her life change considerably some two years ago, to put it more precisely.
“In 2017, six words transformed my life,” Starks, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, recalling when her oncologist informed her that she days on earth were practically numbered to put it more bluntly.
“My oncologist told me I had 90 days to live,” Starks said. “Although each of us has an appointment with death, being given 90 days to live was a blessing.”
Given the turbulent, tear-jerking circumstances surrounding Starks’ situation, who would’ve thought that she’d subsequently view her pending appointment with death as a blessing, of sorts?

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“My children’s father was killed in a tragic car accident on Christmas Day 2000…a healthy officer in the Army,” Starks recalled. “No one expected it.  I also wrote a book about that ordeal and it became a local best seller and a stage play.”

For Starks, a Dallas/Fort Worth-area author, the possibility exist that history could very well repeat itself — much sooner than later.

That’s because Starks has yet another book on the horizon, one that will recall her continuous battle with a potentially fatal illness.

A native of Athens, Texas, Starks authored “Five Smooth Stones: Diary Of A Modern Day Giant Slayer,” a spiritually-empowering written work that is currently available for presale ordering.

FLEXING HER SPIRITUAL MUSCLES — As Starks told MHN this week, what is known as the “companion journal” for her latest books is nearly complete.

Having learned of her cancer diagnosis six years ago, Starks latest book comes approximately 16 years after her initial project: “When Water Was Free” (which took somewhere in the neighborhood of about six months to complete).

Starks began composing “Five Smooth Stones: Diary Of A Modern Day Giant Slayer” in September, or as she specifically acknowledged, during a time she admittedly was angry with former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger for killing Botham Jean, a development that has since garnered a wave of international headlines.

“I wrote both books with the underlying message of encouragement and inspiration,” Starks explained. “I live the life that I talk about.”

REMEMBERING BOTHAM — Botham Jean leads a worship at a Harding University presidential reception in Dallas, Sept. 21, 2017. Starks began composing “Five Smooth Stones: Diary Of A Modern Day Giant Slayer” in September, or as she specifically acknowledged, during a time she admittedly was angry with former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger for killing Jean, a development that has since garnered a wave of international headlines. (Jeff Montgomery/Harding University via AP, FILE)

Given the circumstances surrounding her diagnosis, she had a very good reason to — for a lack of better words — walk it like she talks it.

“When I was told that I had 90 days to live, I trusted God, because at my initial diagnosis in 2013, He told me, ‘This sickness is not unto death,’” Starks said. “It took four years for the terminal diagnosis to be given, but it isn’t like I hadn’t prepared for it. In the middle of all of this, I was also cured of stage four thyroid cancer.”

As for her initial book, Starks said: “I became convicted that if I truly am called by the Name of Christ, that I would have to show love and compassion to (Guyger). Ironically, a year later, that story is now international news. But it is what prompted me to check myself and share a message of healing and emotional well-being with the world. What our minds believe, our bodies will manifest.”

Having learned of her cancer diagnosis six years ago, Starks latest book comes approximately 16 years after her initial project: “When Water Was Free” (which took somewhere in the neighborhood of about six months to complete).

As Starks told MHN this week, what is known as the “companion journal” for her latest books is nearly complete.

“This will complement the book and allow the reader to actively journal his or her thoughts about the virtues and vignettes shared in the book,” said Starks, adding that there’s also an e-book version of her latest written work, with the newest additions scheduled to hit the market sometime in November.

The feedback for Starks’ books has been mostly favorable.


“I totally love how Patrice makes you aware of life’s challenges,” said LaFreda Williams, one of Starks’ most dedicated readers. However, holding onto your faith is the key. She is an advocate for self-care and I believe this book will provide hope.”


Interestingly, Starks announced that she’s creating what is known as a Modern Day Giant Slayer transformational course for people who are ready to move to the next level in life, career, and/or relationships.

“The first eight people to sign up will be offered an introductory rate of $79.00 as a bonus for being a reader of Making Headline News,” Starks said. “Reference this story at www.patricekstarks.com.”

MAKING MAJOR STRIDES — For Starks, a Dallas/Fort Worth-area author, the possibility exist that history could very well repeat itself — much sooner than later. That’s because Starks has yet another book on the horizon, one that will recall her continuous battle with cancer.

By and large, Starks emphasized, among other things, that her books are a true testament of how God has strategically set her aside for His use.

“There’s nothing too hard for God and what He has ordained will be, whether we like it or not,” Starks said. “In ‘Five Smooth Stones,’ I had done a study of David and Goliath and went deeper into the mind of the first giant slayer to ask, ‘What was it about the stones that he chose from the brook?’ He chose five but only needed one. Throughout the book, I encourage readers to arm themselves with virtue stones so that when a giant appears, they are able to handle him with Davidic assurance.”

Talk about making good use of the time with which God has blessed her on this side of heaven.

Seriously.


IN HER OWN WORDS

While each of my works carry life lessons, none of my work is from a “woe is me,” place.  I write in first person and tell the story, to engage the reader, and in most cases, make them laugh.  For instance, hospital gowns are for sick people.  I refused to wear them.  No sir.  My sister-friends threw a pajama party for me, and I was able to wear fun and cute pajamas for each day of the five weeks’ stay at Medical City-Dallas. 
Next…no crying in my room; only if we have laughed ourselves to tears.  I wasn’t dying, and there was no need to go ordering a 100-piece chicken box from Walmart for my homegoing.  Nope.  Not necessary. 
Even after the doctor told me I had ninety days to live, I didn’t worry about dying, because my salvation is secure; I worried about losing my hair and if I’d still be this cute and sassy with a bald head.  The answer to that question is a confident, “YES!”  
After surviving what kills most people in six months, my transformation from a reserved yet stylish diva to a live out loud, I am not afraid to wear red giant slayer began.  I love my life.  I love what I have learned about life, its intricacies, its challenges, but most of all how not just survive, but be revived and live a life of abundance and joy.  I’d love to hear from each of you.  Please visit my online home www.patricekstarks.com and drop me a line.  

If you need a living testimony keynote speaker for your next event, I’m happy to serve you. And I don’t travel with an entourage and don’t require much.  Just a microphone and some listening ears.  — Patrice Starks 


For more information on Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Patrice Starks, to order her books or to schedule her for a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/pkissentaner. Follow her at: https://www.patricekstarks.com/ and https://www.summerschristmaswish.com/. Email her at: gpk516@gmail.com.


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Dallas/Fort Worth disc jockey Dee Porter’s book depicts her battle with homelessness to landing her dream job


Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you; But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed(1 Peter 4:12-13 NIV)


DEFYING MASSIVE ODDS 

‘LOOK AT ME NOW…HEYYYYY’ — A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Dee “lilD” Porter is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Route 2: My Choice To Struggle To Succeed,” which is a nearly a month removed from its ceremonious release.

DUNCANVILLE, Texas — Dee Porter wasted little time Tuesday morning taking to the airwaves, where she informed her hundreds of thousands of listeners of an awe-inspiring development that, years ago, seemed virtually improbable.

But God…
“I always said that what I went through would make a dope movie, and when one of my friends wrote a book, she really encouraged me to do the same,” Porter, during a recent exclusive interview with Making Headline News, explained, recalling the turbulent, tear-jerking, seemingly insurmountable events that led to her composing her first book. “I toyed with the idea in 2017, and finally got serious in 2018.”
And so it came to pass, the much-anticipated written work by Porter, the ever-so-popular midday disc jockey for  Dallas/Fort Worth’s 97.9 The Beat.
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Porter is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Route 2: My Choice To Struggle To Succeed,” which is a nearly a month removed from its ceremonious release.

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A book that is comprised of 88 pages, Porter’s “Route 2: My Choice To Struggle To Succeed” is foreword by Charlamagne Tha God, the co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club With DJ Envy and Angela Yee.

A book signing for Porter’s book is scheduled for October 10 from 7-9 p.m. at Pan-African Connection Bookstore Art Gallery and Resource Center in Dallas, located at 4466 South Marsalis Avenue.

A second book signing will take place October 12 from 3-5 p.m. at Dock Bookshop, located at 6637 Meadowbrook Drive in Fort Worth.

From there, Porter will engage in a nationwide book tour that will commence in Shreveport, Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio, and Cincinnati.

Other cities will be added at dates and times to be announced, Porter said.

A book that is comprised of 88 pages, Porter’s “Route 2: My Choice To Struggle To Succeed” is foreword by Charlamagne Tha God, the co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club With DJ Envy and Angela Yee.

A book Porter needed just shy of a year to complete — “I began writing it in January 2018 and finished it in December 2018,” she said — “Route 2: My Choice To Struggle To Succeed” is deemed a “diary,” of sorts, one that depicts the life of a homeless radio superstar in the making, according to a detailed synopsis of this book at Amazon.com.

Widely known as “lilD,” Porter was once a part-time employee for a Cleveland, Ohio-area radio station — she worked one day a week for $13 an hour — yet she couldn’t afford pay rent and was ultimately evicted from her residence. Consequently, she was forced to move into a motel and often had to settle for staking out in her car when she couldn’t afford a room.

A book Porter needed just shy of a year to complete — “I began writing it in January 2018 and finished it in December 2018,” she said — “Route 2: My Choice To Struggle To Succeed” is deemed a “diary,” of sorts, one that depicts the life of a homeless radio superstar in the making, according to a detailed synopsis of this book at Amazon.com.

Still clinging to massive dreams of ultimately landing a huge break in this ever-so-competitive radio industry, Porter essentially was faced with two options: return to her native establishment of Shreveport and hit the figurative reset button. Or strategically devise ways to conquer homelessness.

As far as she was concerned, the latter undoubtedly was her only recourse.

That’s because instead of returning to Louisiana, Porter sensed it would be in her interest to stay in Ohio and chase her dreams. Even it meant staking out in a motel or often using the back seat of vehicle as a sofa and mattress.


“If you want something, no matter how unattainable it may seem to other people, if you’re willing to sacrifice for it, your gifts will make room for you. Stay focused.” — 97.9 The Beat Disc Jockey Dee ‘lilD” Porter


To her credit, that’s just what she did.

For her valiant efforts, coupled with some proverbial bend-but-don’t-break faith, this vibrant, brilliantly gifted radio personality had eventually captured the favorable results she so desperately sought.

“I know my purpose is to help others realize their worth earlier in life than I did, and this book is part of my purpose by showing people that there’s beauty in the struggle,” said Porter, adding that at least two more books are on the horizon (“I don’t give away the titles, but they’re both autobiographical,” she acknowledged).

“You will make it through. The universe makes a way for those who align their thoughts and actions to their goal. I’m proof of that.”

Still clinging to massive dreams of ultimately landing a huge break in this ever-so-competitive radio industry, Porter essentially was faced with two options: return to her native establishment of Shreveport and hit the figurative reset button. Or strategically devise ways to conquer homelessness.

As expected, the feedback since the October 10 release of “Route 2: My Choice To Struggle To Succeed” has been overwhelmingly favorable.

“The select people who have read it told me they couldn’t put it down,” Porter said. “Some cried, and overall, they all said they appreciate my transparency.”

As Porter explained, exemplifying transparency, by all accounts, was a foregone conclusion, particularly when she had fully grasped the vision to assemble her book.

“A few people asked why I chose to be so open about the things I’ve been through,” she said. “For me, I’m strong enough to have dealt with it, so I share in an effort to help others deal with their struggles.


SEASON OF THE REBIRTH 

For her valiant efforts, coupled with some proverbial bend-but-don’t-break faith, this vibrant, brilliantly gifted radio personality had eventually captured the favorable results she so desperately sought.

“Homeless have faces,” Porter continued. “It’s not always the face of the alcoholic on the corner or the drug addict in the alley. Your coworker could be homeless. Most of us are a couple of paychecks away from a shelter. If you’re couch-surfing, sleeping in your car, or sleeping in a nasty motel for the week…you’re homeless. Homeless have faces: at one time, it was my face.”

All of which practically sums up why this rising Texas superstar disc jockey deemed it essential Tuesday morning to vividly recall her humble beginnings immediately after taking to the airwaves, where she informed her hundreds of thousands of listeners of an awe-inspiring development that, years ago, seemed virtually improbable.

“Love your neighbor,” Porter said.

For all the right reasons.


For more information on Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Dee Porter, to order her book or to schedule her for a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: (Instagram) https://www.instagram.com/lildonair/; (Twitter) https://twitter.com/lildonair; (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/deeportershow. Email her at: deeportershow@gmail.com.


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Brands Suit Warehouse is one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s finest hubs for stylish men’s fashion

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS

WHAT IT’LL BE? From the latest and up-to-date versions of men’s suits, shoes, neckties, to arguably some of the hottest and most sought after attires for the annual prom seasons, weddings clergymen, etc., Brands is — in playing off of words — committed to staying true to its brand, a movement that has given way to owners Kevin and Nick Ramezani reaping sustained success.

DALLAS — Throughout her tenure in a men’s fashion industry that spans more than four decades, Sebrina Jones has come to embrace one notable trend within the walls of Brands Suit Warehouse.

That is, she has seized the concept that every now and then, some of her most dedicated customer will deem it essential to assist and accommodate other customers.
For Jones, such a pleasant gesture, by all accounts, is what makes her job even more gratifying.
“Yeah…we’re always having customers waiting on customers,” Jones told Making Headline News this week. “They feel so comfortable, they help us. That’s what you call good customer service.”
Not only that, it is due in large part because of Brands’ proverbial guide-you-along concept toward its customers that has contributed mightily it becoming one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s most popular hubs for men’s fashion.
TRIPLE D SENSATION — Located at 4140 West Camp Wisdom Road, Suite C — or roughly a half mile south of the Duncanville city limits — Brands has become a fixture in the greater Oak Cliff district of Dallas.

From the latest and up-to-date versions of men’s suits, shoes, neckties, to arguably some of the hottest and most sought after attires for the annual prom seasons, weddings clergymen, etc., Brands is — in playing off of words — committed to staying true to its brand, a movement that has given way to owners Kevin and Nick Ramezani reaping sustained success.

Located at 4140 West Camp Wisdom Road, Suite C — or roughly a half mile south of the Duncanville city limits — Brands has become a fixture in the greater Oak Cliff district of Dallas.

Brands and Suit And Shoe Outlet offer a variety of brand name men’s fashion attire from Falcone, Stacy Adams, Maurizio, Brand Q, Karl Knox, Renoir, Globe, Gorgio Brutini, Calvin Klein, Steven Land, Verse 9, Encore, and Inserch, among others.

A native of Dallas, Jones, 60, has been employed by Brands since 2009 and, much to her delight, she has developed a close-knit bond with a number of its regular customers.

Prior to joining the Brands team, Jones had already established solid and immeasurable men’s fashion resume, considering she had compiled more than 30 years of professional experience.

“I have a lot of favorite customers,” Jones said. “I have customers who have been with me for over 30 years.”

LEADING BY EXAMPLE — Prior to joining the Brands team, fashion coordinator Sebrina Jones had already established solid and immeasurable men’s fashion resume, considering she had compiled more than 30 years of professional experience.

Prior to its Camp Wisdom location that went into operations in 2006, the Ramezanies’ company was named the Big And Tall Fashion For Less and was housed in nearby Mesquite, Texas.

Brands’ original store, meanwhile, was located in Cedar Hill.

The Ramezanies have since expanded their business, thus adding Suit And Shoe Outlet, which essentially is located across the street from their primary site in the historic Red Bird Village.

Both locations, in fact, offer a variety of brand name men’s fashion attire from Falcone, Stacy Adams, Maurizio, Brand Q, Karl Knox, Renoir, Globe, Gorgio Brutini, Calvin Klein, Steven Land, Verse 9, Encore, and Inserch, among others.

WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED — It is due in large part because of Brand’s customary guide-you-along concept toward its customers that has contributed mightily it becoming one’s Dallas/Fort Worth most popular hubs for men’s fashion.

Interestingly, Jones said that plans are effectively underway for management to erect an online site, where customers can shop and have items shipped to them anywhere around the country.

“Whatever you want, we’ve got it,” said Jones, placing even more emphasis on the company’s key ingredient that is efficient customer service. “We don’t turn you a loose until (you’ve found what you want).”

Every now and then, Brands’ customers might perhaps find themselves becoming the beneficiaries of jokes, Jones acknowledged with a grin.

Interestingly, Jones said that plans are effectively underway for management to erect an online site, where customers can shop and have items shipped to them anywhere around the country.

“We even joke with you,” Jones said a routine gesture that customarily makes her job more amusing.

Fellow Brands’ fashion coordinator Guen Abello Bethley, like Jones, has gone to great lengths to find her comfort zone with a company whose best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

STAR WATCH — Brands’ fashion coordinator Guen Abello Bethley has had the pleasure to accommodating the fashion needs of a host of globally-acclaimed celebrities, most notably Joe Jackson, the late father and manager of pop music icon Michael Jackson, who passed away in June 2018 at the age of 89.

“Working for this company gave me an opportunity to develop my skills in fashion coordinating and store management,” Bethley said.

Credit the fact that she’s also had the pleasure to accommodating the fashion needs of a host of globally-acclaimed celebrities, most notably Joe Jackson, the late father and manager of pop music icon Michael Jackson, who passed away in June 2018 at the age of 89.

“I’ve grown so much as an individual,” Bethley said, “and I am a better fashion consultant and a regional manager because of this company.”


For more information on Brands Suit Warehouse or Suit And Shoe Outlet, call 972.298.0800. Also, send email to: mensgalleryusainc@yahoo.com.


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