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Dallas/Forth Worth entrepreneur Christale Thompson carrying out her vision as a resourceful event designer


And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, so he may run that reads it. (Habakkuk 2:2 KJV)


DALLAS — Some time ago, God gave Christale Thompson a life-changing vision.

Eight years ago to be technical.

According to scripture, “eight,” by all accounts, signifies a “new beginning.”


GOD-INSPIRED VISION 

DESTINY STEPS UNFOLDING — Christale Thompson has made some pretty immeasurable strides as the owner and CEO of Jeanelle Decor And Event Stylist, her Dallas-Fort Worth-area venture that is centered on ensuring that each of clients are stress free and, as she appropriately acknowledged, comes away, “knowing that their dreams have come to life.”

For Thompson, her much-anticipated and well-deserved “new beginning” has benefited her mightily, particularly as a flourishing entrepreneur.

“I have been decorating homes and events for eight years now,” Thompson, 36, told Making Headline News this week.


STYLIN’ AND PROFILIN’ 

And, to her distinctly unique credit, coupled with the purpose for which God has created her, Thompson has made some pretty immeasurable strides as the owner and CEO of Jeanelle Decor And Event Stylist, her Dallas-Fort Worth-area venture that is centered on ensuring that each of clients are stress free and, as she appropriately acknowledged, comes away, “knowing that their dreams have come to life.”


THING OF BEAUTY 

MASSIVE SUPPORT — A progressive business that caters to people and groups of all ages, Jeanelle Decor And Event Stylist had come full circle, in part because of Thompson’s solid support system that’s comprised of a gallery of loved one, close friends, and acquaintances.

A native of Eudora, Arkansas, a Southern Chicot County town that is comprised of roughly 2,269 residents according to latest U. S. census, Thompson’s Jeanelle Decor And Event Stylist has given way to this resourceful businesswoman emerging as one of the finest and most efficient event designers in the DFW Metroplex.


PURE ELEGANCE 

ONE WOW MOMENT — A native of Eudora, Arkansas, a Southern Chicot County town that is comprised of roughly 2,269 residents according to latest U. S. census, Thompson’s Jeanelle Decor And Event Stylist has given way to this resourceful businesswoman emerging as one of the finest and most efficient event designers in the DFW Metroplex.

As Thompson — who’s widely known as Jeanelle Chris — explained, her steadfast commitment to exceeding her customers’ expectations has given way of sustained success for a business she hopes generates more of a national presence, much sooner than later.


“I love to meet and interact with people. I love to see the reaction on their faces when they see their dreams come to life. It keeps me going.” — Dallas/Fort Worth Entrepreneur Christale Thompson


A progressive business that caters to people and groups of all ages, Jeanelle Decor And Event Stylist had come full circle, in part because of Thompson’s solid support system that’s comprised of a gallery of loved one, close friends, and acquaintances.

“I want to thank Janice Thompson, Kim Dalcour, Shirkari Campbell, First Lady Melonye Batson, and my daughters for believing in me when I was too shy to believe in myself,” said Thompson, who will be hosting her inaugural “God’s Vision” board party in March at a date to be announced.

Now that she’s a little more than eight years in on an event designing business that undoubtedly is aligned with her God-mandated purpose, this young entrepreneur is especially appreciative of the fact that her vision is steadily coming full circle.

Just as God had planned all along.

“It’s important that I inspire others daily by being humble and respectful,” said Thompson, a graduate of Eudora High School and a former student at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (or UAPB). “(It’s important to) let them know that this little black girl from Arkansas rock and will not stop at nothing.”

Now that she’s diligently working her vision through the ever-so-competitive entrepreneurship industry, Thompson doesn’t shy away from the notion that it is her civic duty to reach back and inspire others to follow suit, thus maximize their potential through their gifts.

Just as she’s doing — with God, her Helper, steering the way.

“Follow your dreams and step out on faith,” said Thompson, offering some worthy advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. God got me the rest of the way.”

Indeed He does.

Eight years and counting.



For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Christale Thompson of Jeanelle Decor And Event Stylist, connect with her via facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/christale.thomas.7. Also, send email to: <jeanelleeventdesign@gmail.com.


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Dallas’ LaToya Massey savoring the fruits of her labor in cosmetology career that spans 20-plus years

DALLAS — LaToya Massey remembers how it had all come to fruition, remembers vividly how she had strategically connected with what undoubtedly has become her passion, for the most part.

“I always loved playing and making a difference with my baby dolls,” Massey, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said, recalling how she had garnered a fond interest in the cosmetology industry. “I started at a very young age. “When I was in elementary school, I used to take my grandmother’s foam rollers and roll my hair every night for school.”

THE FACE OF EXCELLENCE 

IN HER ZONE — A native of Dallas’ historic Oak Cliff community, LaToya Massey, 34, has established a solid clientele throughout a professional cosmetology career that spans a little more than two decades.
It was, by all accounts, because of Massey’s resourcefulness with foam rollers, coupled with her love for helping others look their best that have contributed mightily to her rise as an accomplished Dallas/Fort Worth-area cosmetologist and makeup artist, most notably as the mastermind of Sincerelyur’s Leaving An Impression.

A native of Dallas’ historic Oak Cliff community, Massey, 34, has established a solid clientele throughout a professional cosmetology career that spans a little more than two decades.

Given the immeasurable strides she’s made over the years, it’s safe to assume she has shown virtually no signs of slowing down anytime soon.


I love how it keeps me in touch with people, how the clients are not my clients, but my family. I love meeting new people and the interactions.” — Dallas/Fort Worth Cosmetologist/Makeup Artist LaToya Massey 


Massey’s rise to cosmetology excellence began back when she was in middle school, during which she imposed a small fee to do hair.

BEAST MODE — Given the immeasurable strides she’s made over the years, it’s safe to assume that she has shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

“That was my very first job,” Massey said. “I was a young entrepreneur, having my own money. I have been doing hair for 21 years as a black business owner.”

And, much to her delight, her distinctly unique gifts as a cosmetologist have been put on display all over Texas and even in parts of Georgia.

TEXAS, TAM, AND MORE — More than two decades removed from having discovered her passion, it seemed that even to this day, Massey first gig is still very much her current one.

“(I just want) to just leave an impression on those in need of confidence, a friend, a sister and, as we used to say back in the day, a play mama,” Massey jokingly said. “But most of all, (I want to leave an impression on) my family.”

Speaking of family, credit Massey’s aunt, Dale Glover, for having greatly inspired her niece to become a professional stylist.

Oh, and let’s not forget grandma’s foam rollers.

SOLID SUPPORTING CAST — Credit Massey’s aunt, Dale Glover, for having greatly inspired her niece to become a professional stylist.

“I saw the how we bonded so well when she would do my hair or when she would teach me some of the techniques I know today,” Massey said of Glover.

A graduate of Dallas’ Justin F. Kimball High School, Massey advanced education in her selected field was acquired at I.T.S. Beauty Academy.


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More than two decades removed from having discovered her passion, it seemed that even to this day, Massey first gig is still very much her current one.

For the most part.

“It is imperative that I esteem and inspire (others daily), because it shows the passion, blood, sweat and tears that I pride my business on daily,” Massey said. “I am always willing to show and teach (others) my ways so that they will take them and add their ways to make and be someone great.”

Just as she had done after playing around as a child with grandma’s foam rollers.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman LaToya Massey, connect with her via social media at:

YouTube: Sincerely Urs

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Snapchat: Sincerely Urs

Instagram at: @sincerelyurz

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


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

Dallas actress Ash’Lee Priscilla making a name for herself in a career that spans two decades

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13 KJV)


DALLAS — Ash’Lee Priscilla doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s diligently working her way toward ensuring that two of her major ambitions come to fruition.

“My ultimate goal is to win an Oscar an open a fine arts college,” Ash’Lee Priscilla told Making Headline News this week.

REMEMBER THE NAME — Much to her delight, she’s not only appropriately discovered her passion and purpose in her selected industry but, because she’s in the prime of her career, it’s safe to assume that Dallas’ Ash’Lee Priscilla’s best and brightest days as an actress are well ahead of her.

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Ash’Lee Priscilla is destined to make such monumental dreams realities, look no further than the continuous progress and strides she’s made since delving off into the ever-so-competitive industry as an actress.

For starters, the 27-year-old Ash’Lee Priscilla will take yet another step toward making her presence felt in her element when she stars in a couple of compelling upcoming shows, most notably the Burning Flame on November 25 at the Plaza Arts Center (located at 1115 Fourth Avenue in nearby Carrollton, Texas), a play that’s written by Corta Ish and directed by Jennifer Sands.

A STAR IS BORN — A graduate of Grambling State University, Ash’Lee Priscilla will star in a couple of compelling upcoming shows, most notably the Burning Flame on November 25 at the Plaza Arts Center (located at 1115 Fourth Avenue in nearby Carrollton, Texas), a play that’s written by Corta Ish and directed by Jennifer Sands.

Not to be outdone, Ash’Lee Priscilla will star as the character Zori in the informative, drama-filled play entitled, Why Women Trip, which will take place December 8, at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, located at 650 South Griffin Street in Dallas.

All things considered and to her credit, these forthcoming shows essentially are favorable steps for this young actress, whose career undoubtedly is headed in the right direction.

“I have been acting since I was six years old,” Ash’Lee Priscilla, a native of Dallas, said.

Much to her delight, she’s not only appropriately discovered her passion and purpose in her selected industry, but because she’s in the prime of her career, it’s safe to assume that Ash’Lee Priscilla’s best and brightest days as an actress are well ahead of her.

PUTTING IN WORK — An acting tenure that spans more than two decades, Ash’Lee Priscilla’s skills were initially discovered when began acting and competing in a local theater, she recalls.

So remember the name — Ash’Lee Priscilla.

An acting tenure that spans more than two decades, Ash’Lee Priscilla’s skills were initially discovered when began acting and competing in a local theater, she recalls.

“My mother would register me in oratorical contest at my church and school,” said Ash’Lee Priscilla, a 2009 graduate of Dallas’ Booker T. Washington High School for The Performing and Visual Arts. “Every time I competed I won. That’s when I realized I had a gift.”

Fortunately for this young, vibrant actress – who’s armed with a wealth of talent and beauty — her gift has, by all accounts, made room for her.

So much, in fact, that she’s diligently working her way toward ensuring that two of her major ambitions come to fruition.

DREAM CHASING — To grasp a thorough understanding of why Ash’Lee Priscilla is destined to make such monumental dreams realities, look no further than the continuous progress and strides she’s made since delving off into the ever-so-competitive industry as an actress.

So remember the name — Ash’Lee Priscilla.


“The acting industry is a very competitive industry, so competing in competitions while I was younger prepared me for rejection and success. I don’t believe in giving up on your dreams, so determination has propelled me to pursue a career in acting.” — Ash’Lee Priscilla


A career that has existed for some two decades and counting.

So far, so good for this proud Grambling State University alum, who’s going to great lengths to ensure that she remains relevant in an industry whereby it seems the competition grows stiffer by the day.

For what it’s worth, Ash’Lee Priscilla seems to be handing the competitive side of acting rather masterfully, in large part because of her solid competitive nature, coupled with her bend-but-don’t-break faith.

DESTINY STEPS — For what it’s worth, Ash’Lee Priscilla seems to be handing the competitive side of acting rather masterfully, in large part because of her solid competitive nature, coupled with her bend-but-don’t-break faith.

“What I like the most about being an actress is the power to minister to other people through entertainment,” said Ash’Lee Priscilla, whose immeasurable talents have been put on display in such places as Louisiana, Georgia, California, North Carolina, and New York, among other establishments. “Acting is ministry as well as therapy, because I can escape from my own issues in life and portray someone else’s life or story.

“I truly believe I was born with the ability to change people live through entertainment.”

Just like those actresses and actors to whom she looks up, most notably Cicely Tyson, Angela Basset, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Ntzoke Shange, Denzel Washington, and Will Smith, among others.

“My mission is to be an inspiration to many people throughout my whole life,” said Ash’Lee Priscilla, adding that mother, Teresa Lackey, and a host of theater instructors have played major roles in her acting career. “I was created to educate the world…you can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you.”

That, after all, goes to show that we had better remember the name — Ash’Lee Priscilla.

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth actress Ash’Lee Priscilla, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ashlee.smallwood. Also, send email to: ashleesmallwood@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.

 

Dallas/Fort Worth entrepreneur Toya Knowles doing it big in Texas as successful salon owner

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES TOYA KNOWLES


DALLAS — Toya Knowles is a proud native of Illinois.

Much to her delight, she’s doing things big in Texas.

Consider, for instance, the awe-inspiring passion for her vision, a development to which Knowles essentially was introduced way back when she was in grade school — the sixth grade to be technical.

“I got a full ride to Lewis University in Lisle, Illinois on an academic scholarship,” Knowles, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said, explaining in great detail how she had managed to discover her God-orchestrated gifts. “However, I knew since I was in sixth grade that I wanted to do hair. I was that kid in the neighborhood doing everyone’s hair.”

REPRESENTING “THE CHI” WELL — A native of Chicago, Toya Knowles, 47, has flourished mightily, thus made a name for herself as one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s finest beauty professionals and salon owners.

In what undoubtedly has become a remarkable sequence of events, Knowles has gone from one of the neighborhood’s most sought-after hair stylists to one whom, well, is doing big things in Texas.

A native of Chicago, Knowles, 47, has flourished mightily, thus made a name for herself as one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s finest beauty professionals and salon owners.

Once a stellar and talented multi-sport athlete, Knowles wasted little time delving off into this ever-so-competitive cosmetology industry, having made the leap into her selected field immediately after earning her high school diploma from Chicago’s Harvard St. George.

DESTINY STEPS UNFOLDING — Knowles’ salon — located at 12021 Dallas Parkway, Suite 132 inside of Phoenix Suites in nearby Frisco, Texas — will go into full operations October 16.

“Once high school was over, I went straight to beauty school,” Knowles said. “I believe I am more of a beauty coach. I love share everything I know and learn with everyone. Sharing is caring.”

As for how her competitive drive has greatly helped propel her to function in her element for such a time as now, Knowles contends that such a drive doesn’t really exist as it pertains to her profession.

Knowles’ salon, located at 12021 Dallas Parkway, Suite 132 inside of Phoenix Suites in nearby Frisco, Texas, will go into full operations October 16.

“When I think competitive, I think of competing with someone, and for me, it’s never been about competing with anyone,” Knowles said. “It is just doing what I love and continued learning and growing at what I love to do.”

Like a number of her peers and colleagues, Knowles was destined from the outset to — for a lack of better words — get in where she fits in.

THE BUSINESSLIKE APPROACH — As for how her competitive drive has greatly helped propel her to function in her element for such a time as now, Knowles contends such a drive doesn’t really exist as it pertains to her profession.

Look at her today, a proud native of Illinois whom, much to her delight, is doing things big in Texas.


“I believe there’s always room for anybody in this career as it’s a billion dollar  industry, so it’s no need to compete. It’s (all about being) inspired by other people to allow you to continue to grow and being around like-minded people. I simply just love what I do. I love to see everyone that sits in my chair feel good about themselves and, for me, it’s not just about focusing on the outside. It’s about focusing on the inside as well.” — Texas Entrepreneur Toya Knowles 


With her continuous progress as a thriving businesswoman has emerged an assortment of lofty goals and ambitions, something about which Knowles is empowered to tackle head on.

GOD’S PLAN — In what undoubtedly has become a remarkable sequence of events, Knowles has gone from one of the neighborhood’s most sought-after hair stylists to one whom, well, is doing big things in Texas.

“My goal was to go to Jones Commercial Career Academy to take business management in my junior and senior year, then go to hair school,” Knowles said. “But when the public schools went on strike, my dad made me stay in private school.”

Despite those assortment of obstacles, Knowles steadfastly kept her focus on what mattered most — her monumental vision of fulfilling her goals and ambitions.

And that she has surely done, a trend that has given way to her savoring the best of both worlds, both in the Windy City and Big D.

“As of now, my venture has allowed me to build two amazing clienteles in Chicago and Dallas,” Knowles said. “Even though I no longer do hair in my home town, I still get phones calls on a weekly basis about my services in Chicago from my YouTube a channel. And the best part is I’m still very close to all my clients, who have now turned into friends and family. I don’t care to say clients.  I prefer friends and family.”

Speaking of family, Knowles is especially grateful to hers for helping to steer her in the right directions, particularly as it relates to maximizing her potential in such a competitive and popular industry.

“Well if I had to say who inspired me, I will have to say my daddy, even though he was totally against me going to hair school,” said Knowles, who also credits her mother, grandmother, and a host of others for their valiant support. “It made me want to show him how much I was passionate about it and, once he saw me in action, he became my No. 1 fan.”

‘NOT TODAY, DEVIL’ — Despite those assortment of obstacles, Knowles steadfastly kept her focus on what mattered most — her monumental vision of fulfilling her goals and ambitions.

Fortunately for her and to her distinctly unique credit, Knowles has at her disposal a slew of solid and dedicated fans and supporters, many of whom make up the very clients — err, family and friends — she routinely services.  

“My personal mission is to impact anyone who sits in my chair and to teach them how to create their blueprint for their lifestyle,” said Knowles whom, on November 5, will be launching a 16-week course on short hair. “I believe when you have people that inspire you and poured into you, it’s only right to give back what you have learned . You must pay it forward.”

To her credit, she certainly paying it forward virtually daily, all the while doing things big in Texas in the process.

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth Businesswoman Toya Knowles or to inquire about her services, call 773-330-1876. Also, send email to: iamtoyaknowles@gmail.com.


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

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

Dallas/Fort Worth author Sheryl Grace putting her ‘imaginative gifts’ to use courtesy of three books

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES AUTHOR SHERYL GRACE

 

DALLAS — Just recently, Sheryl Grace took to her Instagram page, where she expressed her delight in her remarkably compelling new product.

So excited about my new book!” Grace wrote in her @mzgracebookz Instagram post that was accompanied by a slew of hashtag messages.

BY GOD’S AMAZING GRACE — To her credit Dallas/Fort Worth-area author Sheryl Grace’s imaginative skills and mechanics were certainly put on display through a trio of books, most notably her latest book entitled, “King, Duke, And Prince.

For Grace, a native of Sunshine, Louisiana — a rural establishment that is approximately 15 miles South of Baton Rouge and rest along the mighty Mississippi River — she has every reason in the world to be giddy and enthusiastic after having taking yet another monumental step in her immeasurable tenure as an accomplished author.

“I believe God has gifted me with an active imagination for a reason,” Grace, a Dallas/Forth-based writer and longtime mental health professional, told Making Headline News this week.

To her credit, Grace’s imaginative skills and mechanics were certainly put on display in her latest book entitled, “King, Duke, And Prince.”

Officially released on July 31, 2018, Grace — a detailed breakdown of her book at  https://www.sherylgrace.com, writes about how some 10 years ago, the character named James Miller walked out of prison, vowing to leave the past behind. That past, she said, included his sons and their mothers and, though he told himself that he would return, he never did.

Now, he has a new name, a new family, a new career, not to mention a best-selling memoir.

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As Grace explained, she adopted the vision to compose “King, Duke, And Prince while engaging in her customary pampering.

“I received the vision for this book while I was receiving a facial believe it or not,” Grace said. “It was really weird. The title and concept just came to me in a daydream as I lied there on the spa table.”

The rest, as they say, was history, because one thought had ultimately led to another, which eventually gave way to a full blown book being birthed.

“After that, I felt that God gave me the vision and I was compelled to write it,” Grace said. “I began writing it the latter part of last year and finished it in May.”

ON DECK — Grace’s announced that a third book is presently in the works. A book that is entitled, “Miss Amanda and the One Room School,” this project is deemed a “historical picture book,” one that is based on the life of Grace’s grandmother, during which she began her teaching career in a one-room school in rural Louisiana in the 1930s.

Prior to writing “King, Duke, And Prince,” Grace authored another the informative, awe-inspiring book entitled, “He Calls Her Blue.”

A book this Southern University graduate had written two years ago, Grace acknowledged her initial written document had essentially become a vision nearly a decade prior to her composing it.

Talk about sticking to a strategic, longstanding plan that had eventually come full circle.

“The divine message that I send to my audience is that my characters are people with issues unlike anyone else but there are reasons they act the way that they do,” Grace explained. “I want my audience to understand the reasons behind a character’s behavior.”

Much to her delight, the feedback since the release of her books has been remarkable to say the least.

“My first book has received outstanding feedback,” Grace said. “Many people have expressed their eagerness for the sequel. My latest book, ‘King, Duke, And Prince’ has just been released and I am anxious to hear the reviews.”

More than anything, Grace emphasized that her books are designed in large part to empower her reading audience on issues that have greatly helped share and affect our world.

“As a mental health professional, it is important for me to educate our community on mental health,” she said. “I use my writing as a tool to address these issues. I fuse my active imagination with real life and work experiences.”

Such a notable trend has proven beneficial to a number of people, Grace acknowledged.

“Many people told me that they related so much to the characters in the first book that it triggered some deep seeded emotions,” Grace said. “I believed God has purposed me to tell the type of stories that will enlighten as well as entertain.”

Interestingly, Grace’s announced that a third book is presently in the works.

A book that is entitled, “Miss Amanda And The One Room School,” this project is deemed a “historical picture book,” one that is based on the life of Grace’s grandmother, during which she began her teaching career in a one-room school in rural Louisiana in the 1930s.

“She taught several grades simultaneously in that school for 19 years,” Grace explained. “That school is now a museum.”

While Grace’s itinerary currently doesn’t include any speaking engagements, the possibility exist that could very well change much sooner than later.

PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE — “As a mental health professional, it is important for me to educate our community on mental health,” Grace said. “I use my writing as a tool to address these issues. I fuse my active imagination with real life and work experiences.”

“I do speak on mental health issues at churches and conferences,” said Grace, whose latest event last month was highlighted by her being a moderator for a mental health panel discussion during a women’s conference.

In addition, Grace’s professional resume includes assuming the role as co-host of the award-winning weekly internet radio show, “The Authors Lounge.”

Also, she currently serves as president and co-founder of The Metro Authors Group, an organization that The Metro Authors Group, which are sponsors for The Annual Books, Burgers, and More Literary Expo.

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Sheryl Grace or to schedule her for a public appearance, book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media under: Sheryl Grace. Also, send email to: mzgracebookz@gmail.com.


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

Andre Johnson is 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.

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Dallas’ Shuanette Bradley on her rise in real estate: ‘After constantly being told that I wasn’t good enough, the desire in me grew’

DALLASShuanette Bradley isn’t a real estate agent just to say she’s one.

Given her immeasurable track record in this ever-so-competitive industry, she’s one whose reputation is such that she’s accustomed to helping consumers reap favorable results, particularly as it relates to purchasing a home.

HAVING AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT — Having been a fixture in the real estate market for a little more than three years, Shuanette Bradley keen professionalism undoubtedly has given way to her blossoming into one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s best kept secrets in this ever-so-popular industry.

All things considered, it all starts with enlightening potential home-buyers on the key essentials steps necessary to making their home-buying dreams come true.

“As a real estate agent, I try to educate my clients on the process from the beginning,” Bradley told Making Headline News this week. “I have clients who reach out to me with credit scores that are below approval rate. We sit down and put a plan together to repair their credit, while educating them on the importance of it and how to maintain good credit. I always stress that I don’t do credit repair, but teach credit education.”

Most importantly, establishing a solid rapport with prospective home buyers is extremely imperative for Bradley, 35, one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s most efficient and resourceful real estate agents.

Having been a fixture in the real estate arena for a little more than three years, Bradley’s keen professionalism undoubtedly has given way to her blossoming into one of DFW’s best kept secrets in this ever-so-popular industry.

“Being able to meet many different people, educate them on the process and make dreams come true,” said Bradley, when asked what she loves the most about her venture. “(I love) witnessing how the very thing that men say is impossible becomes a constant witness of how God makes it possible.”

For Bradley, a 2001 graduate of Dallas’ A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School, climbing the steps to real estate excellence didn’t merely come easy.

For starters, Bradley had become a teenage mother, whose lofty aspirations of enrolling in college were ultimately delayed as a result.

Fortunately for Bradley, that is when she sensed it was time to take a much-needed reality check.

SHE’S GOT YOU COVERED — Establishing a solid rapport is extremely imperative for Bradley, 35, one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s most efficient and resourceful real estate agents.

“I went work from job to job and, after constantly being told that I wasn’t good enough or smart enough or polished enough to excel in certain areas, the desire in me grew,” Bradley recalled. “I knew who I was and what I was capable of doing or becoming, so constantly being told no, gave me the desire to go after it even more.”

And after it she went.

And to her credit, she kept at it until she began to possess and savor the favorable results she so desperately sought.

“My girls…they are my inspiration,” Bradley said. “I want them to know that no matter what road life takes you on, the journey you choose is always a reflection from the choices you make.  They have watched me struggle. They have watched me fall and they are now watching me succeed.

Today, unlike never before, Bradley doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s more determined not to just impact the lives of her family, but also others who likewise are struggling to connect with their God-given purpose.

PROFESSOR REALTOR — “As a real estate agent, I try to educate my clients on the process from the beginning,” Bradley told Making Headline News this week. “I have clients who reach out to me with credit scores that are below approval rate. We sit down and put a plan together to repair their credit, while educating them on the importance of it and how to maintain good credit. I always stress that I don’t do credit repair, but teach credit education.”

On August the 11, Bradley’s organization, Moms Undefeated, will host a community-wide empowerment assembly, during which she will stress to mothers from various walks of life the importance of walking in what she labels “the fullness of their purpose.”

“This is near and dear to my heart, something I have dreamt about for over 10 years,” Bradley said. “The name has changed many times, but the vision has always remained the same. I am excited about the launch, and I pray that the lives of many will be changed because of Moms Undefeated.  I’ve always had a passion to help others and, while growing up in my neighborhood, there weren’t a lot of opportunities available…or at least we didn’t know about them.”

“My personal mission for doing (this line of) work is to use it as a platform to encourage, inspire, and minister to people who were like me, who were constantly told no, and who made mistakes in lives, but did not allow those mistakes to hinder them,” Bradley said.

MAKING MAJOR STRIDES — Given Bradley’s immeasurable track record in this ever-so-competitive industry, she’s one whose reputation is such that she’s accustomed to helping consumers produce favorable results, particularly as it relates to purchasing a home.

By and large, it all starts with self-love and, most importantly, believing in one’s self, Bradley emphasized.

“I believe that a lot of times, we don’t believe in ourselves enough or we get so caught up in seeking validation from others, worrying about who isn’t supporting us that we end up missing out on living our best life,” Bradley said. “It’s important for me to esteem and inspire others daily, because I want others to see that as long as you seek God in everything that you do, what others say, do, or feel, won’t matter.”

Now we know why she isn’t just a real estate agent just to say she’s one.

Rather, she’s one whose reputation is such that she’s accustomed to helping consumers produce favorable results.

Both at buying a home and, most of all, at conquering life.

 

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Real Estate Agent Shuanette Bradley, connect with her via Facebook under: Shuanette Bradley. Also, she can be reached via email at: snlouds@gmail.com

 

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Andre Johnson is the 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 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.

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Dallas/Fort Worth businesswoman Tiffany Mackey is photography’s best kept secret as owner of Divine Images

LANCASTER, Texas — Whoever introduced Tiffany L. Mackey to photography, knew exactly what they were doing.

ALL FOR HARMONI — A Dallas/Fort Worth-area businesswoman whose duel entrepreneurship ventures include being a professional event planner, Tiffany Mackey is widely known for her immeasurable photography skills as owner and chief executive officer of Divine Images, a business that went into full operations some seven years ago.

“It has always been my passion since I learned what a camera was for photography,” Mackey told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

A Dallas/Fort Worth-area businesswoman whose duel entrepreneurship ventures include being a professional event planner, Mackey is widely known for her immeasurable photography skills as owner and chief executive officer of Divine Images, a business that went into full operations some seven years ago.

A Dallas Skyline High School alum and a Corporate America professional, Mackey’s Divine Images have become a rising trend amongst residents throughout North Texas.

“The best part (of my job) is putting a smile on my clients’ faces,” Mackey, a native of Dallas, said, when asked what she loves most about her venture.

That the 33-year-old single mother of one had grasped an interest of delving off into the entrepreneurship didn’t merely come by accident. That’s because Mackey acknowledged that she was raised in a family of business-minded individuals.

Which, after all, goes to show that clearly, that apple did not fall very far.

“I come from a family of business owners and entrepreneurs, so I’ve always had that drive to succeed and be my own boss,” Mackey said.

Interestingly, this young businesswoman assumed the notable mindset of that of an entrepreneur years before she made the transition to middle school, a trend that, to her credit, has stuck with her to this very day.

“Since I was in the third grade, I started doing things to create a business for myself,” Mackey explained. “From selling candy out of my backpack at school, to selling lemonade at the park, barbecue baskets at my grandfather’s company on Fridays during the summer, an in-home daycare, to now photography and event planning.”

For what it’s worth, with every photo shoot comes a pivotal lesson, according to Mackey, who would be the first to admit that she’s her own biggest critic.

“Perfecting my craft in every category of the business in order to keep bringing as many smiles to people’s faces as I can,” said Mackey, when asked what is her primary mission for running a photography business. “(I do this) by seeing the vision the client sees in their head, and helping them bring it to life as much as I am able to.”

Prior to graduating from Skyline, Mackey had become a fixture in the Interior Design Cluster, during which she began taking college courses as a junior and senior.

After earning her diploma, she advanced her education when she enrolled in nearby Eastfield Community College, where she majored in AutoCAD.

“I didn’t complete degree, because I wasn’t doing as well as I wanted to be,” Mackey said.

Still, that she vacated junior college prematurely didn’t merely reduce her effectiveness as it relates to, well, being effective.

That’s because Mackey returned to school, this time at Penn Foster College, where she had ultimately graduated with a childcare management certificate.

Much to her delight, such a development had eventually given way to Mackey erecting her home into a daycare to complement her entrepreneurship repertoire.

“It isn’t about the money for me. It’s about the blessings I can give and receive through it,” Mackey said of her keen passion as an entrepreneur. “Blessing others puts me in a position to be blessed in order to bless another circle of life.”

Which, after all, goes to show that clearly, that apple did not fall very far.

 

For more information about Tiffany Mackey’s Divine Images or to inquire about her services as an event planner, connect with via Facebook under “Tiffany L. Mackey.” Also, email her at: divineimages.tm@gmail.com

 

 

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

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

Dallas/Fort Worth-area businesswoman Jaime Meeks defies an array of odds to start resourceful nonprofit organization

DALLASJaime Meeks spent a majority of her young life growing up in inner city Dallas.

Still, because of the divine purpose for which God created her, she was determined not to become a product of her environment.

WOMAN OF PURE BEAUTY AND EXCELLENCE — A native of nearby Midland, Texas who was raised in Dallas, Jaime Meeks, 40, is the President and CEO of F.R.E.E. Our Daughters, a Dallas/Fort Worth-based nonprofit organization and mentoring program designed specifically for teenage and young adult women.

Never mind that she was sexually abused at a very young age.

Never mind that she was victimized time and again by constant verbal abuse.

Never mind that she was often physically abused.

Never mind the emotional abuse setbacks she had to endure.

Never mind that the fact that she had become a teenage mother or, as she tells it, a self-proclaimed runaway, one who eventually had to resort to violence, all while making an assortment of ill-advised decisions and  ultimately dropping out of school.

“A lot of what I went through carried over into my adult life, because I never had a support system,” Meeks, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said while recalling arguably the most turbulent chapter of her life. “I was never able to get it out and I never healed.

WALKING IN HER PURPOSE — Today, unlike never before, Meeks, a thriving, progressive, resourceful businesswoman, is steadfastly maximizing her potential in ways unimaginable which, to her credit, is a far cry from the disastrous, chaotic events of the past.

“I was so emotionally, mentally, and physically broken and, because of that, I sabotaged just about every relationship that I had, leaving me feeling neglected, alone, hopeless, and with no one to love me.”

Despite all of that about which she had to weather, two operative words routinely come to mind whenever this remarkably beautiful woman of color finds herself sharing of her awe-inspiring story: But God.

“It wasn’t until I met God,” Meeks said without hesitation. “He picked me up out of my mess, saved me, and transformed me into whom He created me to be.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

Today, unlike never before, Meeks — this thriving, progressive, resourceful businesswoman — is steadfastly maximizing her potential in ways unimaginable which, to her credit, is a far cry from those disastrous, chaotic events of the past.

TEXAS-SIZE IMPACT — Having gone into full operations earlier this year, Meeks’ F.R.E.E. Our Daughters was organized in her quest to routinely serve as an additional resource geared toward helping address some of the vital issues that teenage girls, most notably being raised in low income families, as well as the experiences of facing financial adversity as young adult women.

A native of nearby Midland, Texas who was raised in Dallas, Meeks, 40, is the President and CEO of F.R.E.E. Our Daughters, a Dallas/Fort Worth-based nonprofit organization and mentoring program designed specifically for teenage and young adult women.

F.R.E.E. is an acronymn that stands for Fortify-Restore-Encourage-Empower.

Having gone into full operations earlier this year, Meeks’ F.R.E.E. Our Daughters was organized in her quest to routinely serve as an additional resource, one that is geared toward helping address some of the vital issues faced by teenage girls, most notably being raised in low income families, as well as the experiences of facing financial adversity as young adult women.

“God has placed a tremendous burden on my heart for young women,” Meeks explained as a part of a detailed description of her organization on her F.R.E.E. Our Daughters Facebook business page. “It is my desire to help them make better life choices and to encourage them to become the type of women God desires them to be.”

BY GOD’S GRACE — Once a dropout after having attended Dallas’ South Oak Cliff High, Meeks eventually resumed her education, which led to her obtaining her GED. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters in Psychology from Argosy University, this after having become certified as a Life Coach through The Life Coach Training Institute while simultaneously receiving training as a Cognitive Behavioral Coach.

An organization that has made continuous strides since its inception, Meeks is especially grateful she can fully attest that in spite of all she’s gone through, God still had plans to her life — plans to prosper and not to harm her, plans that were accompanied largely by array of hope and a favorable, memorable future.

“Through my testimony, God has shown me that I am an overcomer and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” said Meeks, sounding very much like a successful, victorious evangelist, one whom is destined to change a generation. “The same is true for our young ladies. They just need guidance and positive reinforcement to destroy the issues that keep them in patterns of unhealthy behavior.”

BEACON OF LIGHT — For years, Meeks can greatly attest that all seemed lost during what undoubtedly was the darkest chapter of her life. But after adopting newfound disposition on life, education had ultimately become a massive focal point, an avenue by which she knew full well she had to take in order to recapture the confidence and perseverance that were displaced for such a lengthy period of time.

For what’s it worth, Meeks is persuaded that through her nonprofit, she is armed with the awesome responsibility of being an influential impact for young girls and adults.

“Sadly, positive role models are scarce, but the impact is evident,” Meeks said. “Morality is most evident in the minority, while the masses embrace amorality. F.R.E.E. Our Daughters was established to help regain some of the integrity that has been lost.”

For years, Meeks can greatly attest that all seemed lost during what undoubtedly was the darkest chapter of her life. Conversely, after adopting a newfound disposition on life, education had ultimately become a massive focal point, an avenue by which she knew full well she had to take in order to recapture the confidence and perseverance that apparently were displaced for such a lengthy period of time.

Once a sudden dropout after having attended Dallas’ South Oak Cliff High, Meeks eventually resumed her education, which led to her obtaining her GED.

Currently, she is pursuing a Masters in Psychology from Argosy University, this after having become certified as a Life Coach through The Life Coach Training Institute while simultaneously receiving training as a Cognitive Behavioral Coach.

“What I like most about my business is that I get to meet a wide range of teens and young ladies from many different walks of life,” said Meeks, whose organization caters to youngsters ranging in ages 13 to 21. “It can sometimes be a challenge, getting them to open up, because they don’t know who they can trust. It’s very rewarding when I can earn their trust, aid in the betterment and quality of life for these young ladies, help them make healthy life choices and to encourage them to become the type of women that God desires them to be.”

SMILE OF VICTORY — Despite all of that about which she had to weather, two operate words routinely comes to mind whenever this remarkably woman of color finds herself sharing of her awe-inspiring story: But God.

Having been mentoring for a little more than six years, Meeks announced that an array of events are on the horizon in the foreseeable future, most notably the unveiling of her F.R.E.E. Our Daughters “Classy Closet” in 2018, an event designed to help clothed young ladies who are registered through Meeks’ program.

Meeks said that women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, and monetary donations can be made by contacting her via email at: info@FREEOurDaughters.com.

“It’s always better to give than to receive,” Meeks said. “I believe that God has given me something special, but He didn’t give it to me to keep for myself. If I was selfish, standing there with my hands closed, I would not have room to receive anything else from God. He gave me these tools to give away to others.”

Amongst the reasons is that because of the divine purpose for which God created her, she was determined not to become a product of her environment.

 

 

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

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

 

Dallas entrepreneur Tambria Smith defies greatest of odds, manages a flourishing professional baking business

    CANDY GIRL…YA ALL MY WORLD — Dallas-area businesswoman Tambria Smith is owner of Tam’s Sweet Treats And More, a professionally run DFW-based professional baking business in which Smith specializes in preparing a variety of delectable, mouth-watering desserts.

DALLAS — Back on February 8, one day before her 33rd birthday, Tambria Smith staged to her Facebook page a rather descriptive and touching image that detailed a timeline of arguably the most challenging and tear-jerking moments of her young life.

For starters, Smith underwent surgery to have her cancer cells removed from her cervix in 2007. 

In 2008, Smith had a pre-eclampsia, or an emergency C-Section performed, a procedure that gave way to her child being 25 weeks prematurely and weighing just one pound, six ounces.

Approximately a year later, she had a pre-eclampsia, or an emergency C-Section performed, a procedure that gave way to her child being 25 weeks prematurely and weighing just one pound, six ounces.

Two years later, doctors removed cancer cells from her cervix only to have a similar procedure performed the following year.

Then in 2012, Smith had to have another emergency C-Section performed, during which she had given birth to her baby at 23 weeks, a child whom weighed 14 ounces.

Then in 2012, Smith learned that she had to have another emergency C-Section performed, during which she had given birth to her baby at 23 weeks, a child that weighed 14 ounces.

Consequently, things would become even more somber in the life of a young woman whose faith undoubtedly was on trial unlike never before.

That’s because later that year, doctors had discovered a softball-size tumor in Smith’s stomach and, even after undergoing successful surgery, her baby had passed away upon the removal of the tumor.

Then in 2015, Smith was hit with more disheartening news when she got word that she had a leaking heart valve due to high blood pressure.

As if those slew of obstacles weren’t enough to try Smith’s faith, she learned some time last year that the nerves behind both of her eyes were swollen twice their normal size, in large part because doctors discovered excessive fluid around her brain.

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — You name it and chances are this professional baking guru will hook you up regardless of the occasion. What’s even more astounding now that the annual holiday is looming is that Smith’s scrumptious refreshments can be shipped to certain markets outside of Texas.

While such a heartbreaking sequence of events would bring even the strongest of persons to tears, Smith deemed it essential to end the timeline image with four words that, despite an assortment of potentially fatal occurrences, practically explains why she’s the blessed woman for whom she is widely known.

“AND I’M STILL STANDING,” Smith staged to an image that was accompanied by three exclamation points.

All things considered and because of what she had to survive, Smith doesn’t shy away from the notion that while she’s yet breathing, she might as well live life to the fullest — while walking in purpose through entrepreneurship in the process.

“To me this is not only a business, but a passion,” Smith told Making Headline News this week.

The “passion” to which Smith is alluding is her venture as owner of Tam’s Sweet Treats And More, a professionally run Dallas/Fort Worth-based baking business in which Smith specializes in preparing a variety of delectable, mouth-watering desserts.

You name it and chances are this professional baking guru will hook you up regardless of the occasion.

What’s even more astounding now that the annual holiday season is looming is that Smith’s scrumptious refreshments can be shipped to certain markets outside of Texas.

A business she established approximately three years ago, Tam’s Sweet Treats And More is widely known for providing consumers with a variety of sweets, most notably cakes, teacakes, chocolate covered sweets and its famous cupcakes.

“All our products are prepared fresh and, in most cases, the day of delivery,” Smith, a Dallas Skyline High alum, said of her a business venture that has become a fixture throughout North Texas and the Southwest Region. “You haven’t had moist until you’ve tried Team’s sweets.”

Credit grandma for having paved the way for her miracle granddaughter to erect a business that figures to generate an overflow of business, considering the holiday season is rapidly approaching.

“I started in the kitchen with my grandmother as a child and learned as much as I could,” Smith said. “I took all that knowledge and carried it over to my adult life. I first thought I would just do it for my girls, but the more I tried and accomplished, the more I pushed myself and here we are now.”

ALL GOD’S DOING — All things considered and because of what she had to survive, Smith doesn’t shy away from the notion that while she’s yet breathing, she might as well live life to the fullest — while walking in purpose through entrepreneurship in the process.

Talk about a dramatic comeback to ultimately start and manage a business amid a rash of agonizing setbacks.

“To have my girls watch and encourage me pushes me even more, because I know my passion and drive is a lesson for them as they grow,” Smith said while flashing her big, signature smile.

How befitting to put on display a well-deserved smile after having conquered and outlasted and defied arguably the greatest of odds time and time again.

 

For more information about Tam’s Sweet Treats And More or to place orders, call Tambria Smith at 469.223.3928 or email her at latambriasmith@gmail.com. Also, reach her via social media at: Facebook.com/Tamssweettreatsandmore and Instagram @tamssweettreatsandmore.

 

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Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for 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, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Dallas/Fort Worth-area couple establish notable non-profit organization amid son’s death-to-life encounter

HOLDEN IT DOWN — Jarron and Dana Franklin-Holden are Co-Founders of Holden Strong Awareness Campaign, a newly-organized non-profit organization that is geared largely toward preventing sudden cardiac events in student athletes by providing affordable annual cardiology physicals — or EKGs — per visit for student-athletes ranging in grades 6 through 12.

DALLAS — For Jarron Cordell Holden and his wife, Dana Franklin-Holden, all that matters is their son is what they describe as a “typical teenager.”

Having resumed what Dana referred to as “much normalcy and quality of life as possible,” she and her husband thought it essential earlier this year to establish a non-profit organization that could greatly benefit and enhance the lives of youths throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

The Holdens are Co-Founders of Holden Strong Awareness Campaign, a newly-organized non-profit organization that is geared largely toward preventing sudden cardiac events in student athletes by providing affordable annual cardiology physicals — or EKGs — per visit for student-athletes ranging in grades 6 through 12.

In addition, Holden Strong Awareness Campaign’s mission includes, among other things, offering CPR and AED training and certifications, as well as other community-related enrichment activities that would prove beneficial to student-athletes.

“We as parents are now very passionate about stressing the importance of annual cardiac care in student athletes, because we never want any other family to endure what we experienced first-hand,” Dana told Making Headline News this week.

That about which the Holdens experienced essentially resulted in arguably the biggest scare and shock of their lives.

SAVORING THE ABUNDANT LIFE — Last year, the Holdens’ son, then-13-year-old Jarron Cordell Holden II, had suddenly collapsed then went into an apparent cardiac arrest while playing a pickup basketball game at the Bob Knight Fieldhouse in nearby Duncanville, Texas. According his mother, the couple’s son had expired twice from the time of his collapse and prior to his emergency arrival to nearby Charlton Methodist Hospital. Fortunately for the Holdens, after their son was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Dallas, doctors consequently had informed them that it was due in large part to the swift reactions of first responders that Jarron II is alive today.

Last year, their son, then-13-year-old Jarron Cordell Holden II, had suddenly collapsed then went into an apparent cardiac arrest while playing a pickup basketball game at the Bob Knight Fieldhouse in nearby Duncanville, Texas.

According his mother, the couple’s son had expired twice from the time of his collapse and prior to his emergency arrival to nearby Charlton Methodist Hospital.

Fortunately for the Holdens, after their son was transported to the Children’s Hospital of Dallas, doctors consequently had informed them that it was due in large part to the swift reactions of first responders that Jarron II is alive today.

“Thankfully, there was a working Automated External Defibrillator (or AED) at the facility, and the first responders were literally around the corner and began CPR on him within five minutes,” Dana explained.

Interesting enough, the Holdens don’t shy away from the notion that their relentless faith, coupled with the fervent prayers of family members and friends undoubtedly had played a major role in their son having staged arguably the most dramatic comeback of his young life.

“We also realize and thank God that He revived and restored our son,” said Dana whom, during her son’s unlikely death-to-life encounter, had periodically kept the social media world abreast of the developments surrounding Jarron II.

COMEBACK FOR THE AGES — Oddly, even as Jarron II was left fighting for his life — he was on life support — doctors had ultimately discovered that he did not sustain any brain damage due to loss of oxygen. Still, he had to undergo a battery of sonograms, MRI’s, EKG’s and other procedures. Also, he had to undergo asopen heart surgery four days after his 14th birthday to repair what doctors deemed a congenital heart defect known as anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (or AAOCA).

Surprisingly and much to the delight of the Holdens, Jarron II had returned to school after a 20-day hospital stay that included more than a week in the Intensive Care Unit.

Oddly, even as Jarron II was left fighting for his life — he was on life support — doctors had ultimately discovered that he did not sustain any brain damage due to loss of oxygen. Still, he had to undergo a battery of sonograms, MRI’s, EKG’s and other procedures. Also, he had to undergo asopen heart surgery four days after his 14th birthday to repair what doctors deemed a congenital heart defect known as anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (or AAOCA)).

After six weeks of recouping comfortably in his nearby Cedar Hill, Texas home, Jarron II eventually had re-emerged as the typical teenager for which he is widely known.

HIGH FIVES AND FIST BUMPS — Come Saturday, the Cedar Hill and surrounding communities will be afforded the golden opportunity to embrace Jarron II and bask in the glory of his death-to-life experience during a 3-On-3 basketball tournament powered by Holden Strong Awareness Campaign at Dallas’ Paul Quinn College.

Come Saturday, the Cedar Hill and surrounding communities will be afforded the golden opportunity to embrace Jarron II and bask in the glory of his death-to-life experience during a 3-On-3 basketball tournament powered by Holden Strong Awareness Campaign at Dallas’ Paul Quinn College.

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The fundraising event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and, according to Dana, it will aid the Holdens mightily in helping them to promote a newly-established non-profit that figures to evolve as a fixture throughout the DFW Metroplex.

“There was no one to compete with when it came to (forming) this organization,” said Dana, a native of New Orleans. “It was born out of our thankfulness to Jesus Christ for sparing our son, Jarron, II’s life.”

All things considered, for the Holdens, all that matters is their son is what they describe as a “typical teenager.”

 

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 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.