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Houston entrepreneur Ruby C. Bridges’ Lyfe After Me helping families prepare for life after death

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES RUBY C. BRIDGES   


A wave of storylines surfaced when music icon Aretha Franklin passed away August 16 at the age of 76 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

Amongst the notable developments that quickly spread surrounding the woman who is famously known as the “Queen of Soul” was that she did not leave a will, news that essentially caught accomplished Houston businesswoman Ruby C. Bridges by surprise.

So much, in fact, that Bridges is going to great lengths to push and promote her credible and newly-established business venture for such a pivotal time as now.


PAYING IT FORWARD — A native of Houston, Ruby C. Bridges is the founder and chief executive officer of  Lyfe After Me, a rising venture that is centered on helping people to leave a legacy for their family,
as she appropriately emphasized during an interview this week with Making Headline News. .

A native of Houston, Bridges is the founder and chief executive officer of  Lyfe After Me, a rising venture that is centered on helping people to leave a legacy for their family, as she appropriately emphasized during an interview this week with Making Headline News.

According to detailed description of Lyfe After Me at https://www.lyfeafterme.com/, Bridges’ company — which is preparing for its grand opening on September 9 — is widely known for helping bereaved and grieving families handle the general preparations needed for when the time comes.

MORE ON RUBY C. BRIDGES’ LYFE AFTER ME: https://www.lyfeafterme.com/


STAY TUNED — According to detailed description of Lyfe After Me at https://www.lyfeafterme.com/, Bridges’ company — which is preparing for its grand opening on September 9 — is widely known for helping bereaved and grieving families handle the general preparations needed for when the time comes.

“It is our priority to support you through every step of your arrangements and pay tribute to the memory of your loved one,” according to a spokesperson for Lyfe After Me. “What make us great are our human factor and care. We assist and empower your loved ones with putting their wishes on paper so that they will know what exactly needs to be done. When you prearrange your funeral, everyone benefits. It’s not business. It’s personal.”

In a nutshell, amongst Bridges’ strategic objectives to help prevent families from enduring the stress and hassle that customarily arise amid the death of a love ones.

“Lyfe After Me’s priority is to guide and support you through every step of your arrangements and help you to pay tribute to the memory of your loved one,” Bridges explained. “If you’ve ever planned a funeral, you know there are countless details to consider when making arrangements. By planning your own funeral in advance, you can enjoy benefits such as removing the emotional burden from your loved ones, expressing your own wishes for how you want to be remembered, and relieving your family of the financial responsibility of paying for your funeral.”

In essence, what it all boils down to, Bridges acknowledged, is shedding light and making proper preparations for one’s journey before and after they descend unto glory.

“Everyone’s life is a journey,” Bridges said. “So if life is a journey, you need good directions. Everyone’s life has a story to tell, and the story is meant to be shared with loved ones. Funerals are a vital part of how our stories can have an impact long into the future.”

Amongst the biggest reasons Bridges undoubtedly is so passionate about helping families prepare properly for life after death is that she can fully attest to what it is like to assume an immeasurable role in the lives of her elderly parents.

WILL UNANSWERED CALL — A legendary singer, songwriter, actress, and pianist, Aretha Franklin had a reported net worth of $80 million when she passed away August 16, but did not leave a will.  According to papers filed in Michigan’s Oakland County court, the Queen of Soul was unwed at the time of her death. She is survived by her four sons, Clarence Franklin, Edward Franklin, Kecalf Franklin, and Ted White Jr., who are between the ages of 48 and 63.

“I am the caretaker for both of my parents, and when my mother was diagnosed with lewey body dementia, it was a wakeup call for me as to know the full details of what this disease could do to your loved one and watching the person you love decline in health right in front of your face until death,” — Ruby C. Bridges


“After witnessing my mother fail in her health — and the actions my family had to endure for burial arrangements were excruciating — I vowed to make a change in how families plan their end-of-life wishes and relieve the emotional burden and leaving a legacy for your family to remember in a positive way.”

Sadly as it is to say, it is disheartening, potentially chaotic trend about Franklin’s family will likely face much sooner than later.

A legendary singer, songwriter, actress, and pianist, Franklin had a reported net worth of $80 million.

According to papers filed in Michigan’s Oakland County court, the singer was unwed at the time of her death. She is survived by her four sons, Clarence Franklin, Edward Franklin, Kecalf Franklin, and Ted White Jr., who are between the ages of 48 and 63.

To her credit, Bridges’ Lyfe After Me is designed to help eliminate unnecessary grief for families when their loved ones expire. Interestingly, there are a vast number of reasons why, she pointed out.

“Because there are so many possibilities and details to consider,” Bridges said. “As a funeral planner, the ability to share my blessings with others and to be a blessing by paying it forward to assist families to plan events that celebrate the life of a person in the way that will provide lasting comfort for family members and friends. But truly creative memorial service ideas require an understanding of an individual’s personality, interests, milestones and beliefs. The opportunity to develop a unique event to celebrate your life – planning a funeral in advance can even be a joyful experience that provides peace of mind.”


BRIDGING THE FAMILY GAP — A business that caters to all genres of various age groups, most notably elders, Bridges said is it imperative that families make it a point to become more knowledgeable about the importance of having burial insurance.

A business that caters to all genres of various age groups, most notably elders, Bridges said is it imperative that families make it a point to become more knowledgeable about the importance of having burial insurance. 

“The younger generations are now coming to realization that this journey in life is needed to spare your family the discomfort of not being able to afford the expense when needed,” said Bridges, whose profession span a little more than five years, although work history work with families spans over 15 years.

“I was always taught to treat everyone equally,” Bridges continued. “We are all equal human beings, regardless of our gender, politics, race, religion, and other facts.  Love and care for people without consideration of these irrelevant factors that have no influence on the quality of a person. Treat others how you want to be treated, no matter their background, to inspire trust and confidence.”

For more information about Houston-based Businesswoman Ruby C. Bridges, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: Ruby Carter-Bridges. Also, send email to: plan@lyfeafterme.com.



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Minneapolis entrepreneur Nikisha Simmons-Maclin embracing her ‘second chance’ courtesy of two flourishing ventures

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES NIKISHA SIMMONS-MACLIN

 

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

 

If anyone knows that we serve of a God of second chances, Nikisha Simmons-Maclin certainly does.

TWIN CITY SENSATION — Minnesota Businesswoman Nikisha Simmons-Maclin is the CEO of High Fashion And Events, a flourishing online fashion store that is widely known for offering fashionable styles for juniors, mature women, and full figure women, all the while exemplifying an excellent online shopping experience, accompanied by efficient customer service. Interestingly, Simmons-Maclin also is the founder of Renewed Life Counseling Services, a progressive institution whereby her responsibilities include — but aren’t limited to — inspiring and motivating individuals of all ages around the country to apply daily principles, thus stay true to LIFE, an acronym that stands for Live Inspirationally Faithfully Everyday.

“I have always believed that God gave me a second chance,” Simmons-Maclin, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said before sharing a familiar Biblical passage to back up her suggestion. “Romans 8:28 says, ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.’”

For Simmons-Maclin, there is no doubt that she has been strategically called according to God’s purpose for such a time as now, most notably by way of her immeasurable gifts through entrepreneurship.  

A 39-year-old native of Compton, California, Simmons-Maclin is making some remarkably brilliant strides as a thriving businesswoman, considering she is the mastermind of not one, but two successful Minneapolis, Minnesota-based business ventures.

She is the CEO of High Fashion & Events, a flourishing online fashion store that is widely known for offering fashionable styles for juniors, mature women, and full figure women, all the while exemplifying an excellent online shopping experience, accompanied by efficient customer service.

Interestingly, Simmons-Maclin also is the founder of Renewed Life Counseling Services, a progressive institution whereby her chief responsibilities include — but aren’t limited to — inspiring and motivating individuals of all ages around the country to apply daily principles, thus stay true to LIFE, an acronym that stands for Live Inspirationally Faithfully Everyday.

MORE ON NIKISHA’S HIGH FASHION & EVENTS: https://www.facebook.com/highfashionandevents/

COMPTON, COMPTON — Raised in Compton’s historic Dominguez Valley community, Simmons-Maclin is an honors graduate of Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan High School.

“As a former plus-size model, my dreams became reality in 1999 when I took third place in a nationwide modeling contest,” explained Simmons-Maclin, recalling what undoubtedly was a defining moment that had ultimately given way to her being offered a five-year, $10,000 guaranteed modeling contract with Wilhelmina Models of New York. “(I was) inspired by many models such as Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, and Queen Latifah, but I never gave up on my revelation of modeling.”

Even when she had become the subject of criticism and negative predictions by people who refused to acknowledge her worth, there was Simmons-Maclin, diligently going after the purpose for which she was created.

“I was told many times to get my head out of the clouds,” Simmons-Maclin said. “I suffered from (low) self-esteem and self-worth issues, sexual abuse, dysfunctional behaviors, broken relationships, and self-abuse.  From 2001 to 2002, I went back and forth between California and New York and, in 2003, relocated to New York.”

For what it’s worth, all of the going back and forth was a risk worth taking, considering this resilient and resourceful businesswoman didn’t stop until she reaped the favorable results she so desperately sought.

“I left many people, many places, and many things in pursuit of what I thought was happiness,” said Simmons-Maclin, who eventually left her native home state for good in 2009 and relocated hundreds of miles away from the Pacific to the Central time zone — Minnesota to be technical.

That is when she began to witness all things working together for her good.

Yep. That’s just like God.

“I have recently accepted that this is my call and that I am on assignment,” Simmons-Maclin said of her business ventures that are enjoying sustained success. “I enjoy working with people, inspiring people, motivating people, and loving on people.”

GOD’S PLAN — Even when she had become the subject of criticism and negative predictions by people who refused to acknowledge her worth, there was Simmons-Maclin, diligently going after the purpose for which she was created.

Her High Fashion & Events venture went into full operations in 2014 and caters to women ranging from teenagers to 60 years of age.

As for her already congested itinerary, Simmons-Maclin is expected to be on hand for the upcoming Second Annual Hair Show in Minneapolis and, as a notable member of Toastmasters, she announced that additional public appearances and speaking engagements are presently in the works.

Raised in Compton’s historic Dominguez Valley community, Simmons-Maclin is an honors graduate of Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan High School.

A 39-year-old native of Compton, California, Simmons-Maclin is making some remarkably brilliant strides as a thriving businesswoman, considering she is the mastermind of not one, but successful Minneapolis, Minnesota-based business ventures.

In addition, she holds an Associate’s Degree from Minneapolis Community Technical College (MCTC) — she graduated with honors in Criminal Justice and Addiction Counseling — and is a graduate of Metro State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services.

“God, family, church, and my community,” said Simmons-Maclin, when asked who were amongst those who inspired her to pursue her entrepreneurship dreams. “The world is in a place where its soul has been held bondage to the daily trials and tribulations of life. Although many have creativity for others, we have lost our ability of believing, dreaming, and (having a) vision.

“When one’s vision is clear, you know what you desire is possible. You cannot go back, because you will become too busy looking at what is ahead. With hard work, commitment, dedication, and disciplined, you can be successful and manifest all desires and expectations.”

Talk about making good on a second chance.

For more information about Minneapolis Businesswoman Nikisha Simmons-Maclin, or to schedule her for a public appearance, connect with her via social media under: Nikisha Simmons-Maclin. Also, send email to: nikishasimmons@hotmail.com.


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Columbia, Maryland-based businesswoman Christy Johnson’s inspiring non-profit organization aiming to have a global impact

VOICE HEARD AROUND THE WORLD — A native of Mississippi, Maryland-based businesswoman Christy Johnson is the President and Founder of Finding Your Destiny, Inc. a Columbia, Maryland-based non-profit domestic violence and suicide prevention organization she organized months after her daughter’s death.

For countless Americans, September 11 is a date by which they will recall and reflect upon for years to come.

For Christy Johnson, however, September 10 is a date that undoubtedly will cause her to unleash tears for the rest of her life.

To be technical, it all transpired on September 10, 2013.

That was the date that sent shock waves throughout Johnson’s family when she learned that her daughter, then-19-year-old Destiny, was murdered and left hanging in a closet as a result of domestic violence.

Even after having buried two children — first Destiny then Mark — Johnson, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, spoke at length about how she steadfastly had to rely of unyielding faith in God to press and navigate her way through arguably the most downtrodden times of her life.

“My inspiration comes from God first and then my daughter, Destiny, and my son, Mark, in heaven,” Johnson said. “God shows me every day that He will provide my every need. God told me He chose me to do this work. Therefore, I cannot stop advocating for those who are being abused and murdered every day.”

To her distinctly unique credit, Johnson — with God, her Helper, leading the way — has gone above and beyond to be a voice and a beacon of light for those who have endured and, perhaps witnessed their lives cut short amid domestic violence.

A native of Mississippi, Johnson is the President and Founder of Finding Your Destiny, Inc., a Columbia, Maryland-based non-profit domestic violence and suicide prevention organization she established months after her daughter’s tragic death.

“Immediately, I began my organization because I knew the pain I felt I did not want another mother or father to feel,” Johnson said.

In addition, Johnson is widely known as an activist for individuals who have experienced or are presently being mistreated and suffering various forms of abuse.

WHAT ABOUT FINDING YOUR DESTINY? http://www.findingyourdestiny.org

Moreover, amongst her notable goals is to serve people of various races and both sexes. Also, Johnson’s key objectives, particularly through what she describes as “societal transparency,” is to empower, transform, and rebuild the lives of women and teen girls through Finding Your Destiny, Inc., especially by way of Biblical principles or a spiritual avenue, of sorts, for teaching about domestic violence, suicide, and other forms of abuse.

“My personal mission for the work I do is to educate, regenerate, create, transform, and heal broken hearts, minds, and souls of those affected by domestic violence and other forms of abuse,” Johnson explained.

Interesting enough, Johnson’s immense contributions through her non-profit organization have allowed her to diligently put her advocacy gifts on display outside of the United States, most notably in the United Kingdom.

“My mission for the trip to London, England was to bring resources and to educate those living in silence about my programs and book I wrote on the violence residence in London face every day,” Johnson said.

All things considered, Johnson consequently authored two books in the wake of arguably the darkest hours of her life: “From Rattled To Recovery: The Faces Of Domestic Violence Domestic Violence,” and “That Which Is Beyond Death.”

“The books are very valuable because they provide phone numbers, websites, addresses, hotlines, and emergency action plans for safety,” Johnson said.

GLOBAL BEACON OF LIGHT — Johnson is widely known as an activist for individuals who have experienced or are presently being mistreated and abused. Moreover, amongst her notable goals are to serve people of various races and both sexes. Also, Johnson’s key objectives, particularly through what she describes as “societal transparency,” are to empower, transform, and rebuild the lives of women and teen girls through Finding Your Destiny, Inc. — especially by way of Biblical principles, or a spiritual avenue, of sorts, for teaching about domestic violence, suicide, and other forms of abuse.

In addition, Johnson emphasized that she’s aiming to create partnerships with other organizations that share similar objectives and missions geared toward to fighting domestic violence.

Credit her beloved children from heaven above for providing her with the continuous support and inspiration she needs to function daily in her God-given assignment.

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“I know Destiny and Mark are interceding and helping me stay strong, focused, and determined to fight domestically and internationally,” Johnson said.

Ironically, Johnson has organized an internship program through her non-profit organization as a way to reach back and aid others in fulfilling their dream and joining the fight against domestic violence.

“The internship teaches about crimes and consequences, criminology, advocacy, victimology, restorative justices, crime scenes, victims of crime, victim questioning and domestic violence,” Johnson explained.

LISTEN TO  CHRISTY’S PODCAST INTERVIEW: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/russell-price/2017/07/28/russell-price

While Johnson’s organization has proven time and again to be an effective avenue for combating domestic violence, she emphasized, among other observations, which the justice must be served for present and future victims which, according to her, wasn’t the case for her daughter.

“The justice system failed to charge Destiny’s murderer for his crime,” Johnson said. He was allowed to walk free and he murdered another woman. The injustice I received and felt was so devastating that I created an internship program through my organization for criminal justice to inspire every student to do the right thing for victims of victimology. I encourage my students to always display these three values: integrity, empathy, and respect for all crime scenes, families of murdered victims, and for victims.”

As for her itinerary, Johnson’s organization will host a major event on October 6 to commemorate the life of Destiny, as well as domestic violence survivors and other murdered victims whose lives were cut short due to domestic violence.

MORE ON CHRISTY: http://www.thenationalblackunitynews.com/newspaperpage10christi.pdf

In addition, Johnson emphasized that Finding Your Destiny plans to “open heaven” during her forthcoming event as a way to send everlasting love and peace to every person murdered by domestic violence and other forms of abuse.

“This is going to be a national and international movement on Oct 6, 2017,” Johnson said.

A development that in likelihood, figures to bring smiles to the faces of Destiny and Mark — all while her pride and joy look on from heaven above.

 

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Maryland businesswoman/author Christy Johnson establishes GoFundMe account for her non-profit organization amid daughter’s tragic death

 

For more information about Finding Your Destiny, Inc. Director Christy Johnson or to schedule her for live interviews, call 443-896-8979 or send email to: Christy@findingyourdestiny.org

 

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Atlanta’s Dr. LaTarsha D. Holden pulls off inspiring comeback for the ages as she lobbies for her first political seat

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

GOD’S MIRACLE WOMAN — What’s so astoundingly intriguing about the emotional story of Dr. LaTarsha D. Holden is that no one, it seems, can ever get tired of hearing it — a story that, to her credit, has been depicted into a real-life documentary, a feat that has afforded her to graciously embrace and commemorate as she vies for a seat on the Atlanta’s City Council District 11 in coming months.

Take a look at her today.

Smart.

Intelligent.

Delightful.

Resourceful.

Perceptive.

Discerning.

Well-informed.

Must we go on? Must we go on about Dr. LaTarsha D. Holden, a woman whom, to put it forthrightly and plainly, is one whom has gone to great lengths to become the admirable comeback story for which she is widely known?

“I only had God at that time,” Holden, whenever she finds herself telling of her awe-inspiring, tear-jerking testimony, customarily says with a smile she’s earned the right to put on display.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — Holden is famously known as an emerging leader in the Atlanta-metropolitan area, in large part because of passion for education, an attribute that arose after she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Biblical Education and then followed that up with having earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Leadership and Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration degree.

What’s so astoundingly intriguing about the emotional story of Dr. Holden is that no one, it seems, can ever get tired of hearing it — a story that, to her credit, has been depicted into a real-life documentary, a feat that has afforded her to graciously embrace and commemorate as she vies for a seat on the Atlanta’s City Council District 11 in coming months.

“In 2008, I made a vow to myself that when I got my life together I would go back and fight for others,” Dr. Holden, 44, told Making Headline News during an exclusive interview this week. “That’s when I knew that one day I would run for City Council.”

GRAB SOME KLEENEX — To grasp a thorough understanding of why Dr. Holden’s quest for the office of City Council on one of America’s most populous and decorated cities, look no further than the events that have made such a time as now the tear-jerking one it has become.

For the record, Holden is famously known as an emerging leader in the Atlanta-metropolitan area, in large part because of her keen passion for education, a notable attribute that arose after she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Biblical Education and then followed that up with having earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Leadership and Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the historic Beulah Heights University.

For her distinct efforts, coupled with her valiant contributions to the Atlanta community, she later became a doctoral student and even earned mentions in the 2014 edition of Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities And Colleges.

Talk about an impressively dazzling resume for a rookie political figure who is destined to assume a seat for which only a few sensed she would ever qualify.

DEFYING ALL ODDS — As if dropping out of high school her sophomore year wasn’t enough to put on hold the divine destiny of a woman who boasts the gifts of a public servant, Holden gave birth to four children by the age of 22. All things considered, at the time, she seemed well on her a way to becoming just another statistics from the inner city, a youngster with no real sense of direction, a young then-homeless adult who knew full well she was living beneath her privileges.

In fact, to grasp a thorough understanding of why Dr. Holden’s quest for the office of City Council on one of America’s most populous and decorated cities, look no further than the memorable, mostly challenging events that have made such a time as now the tear-jerking one  has become.

For starters, as if dropping out of high school her sophomore year wasn’t enough to put on hold the divine destiny of a woman who boasts the gifts of a public servant, Holden gave birth to four children by the age of 22.

All things considered, at the time, she seemed well on her a way to becoming just another statistics from the inner city, a youngster with no real sense of direction, a young then-homeless adult who knew full well she was living beneath her privileges.

Fortunately, for her, God had other plans — you know, just as the scripture above this story suggest.

HOLDEN IT ALL TOGETHER — Holden is famously known as an emerging leader in the Atlanta-metropolitan area, in large part because of her keen passion for education, a notable attribute that arose after she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Biblical Education and then followed that up with having earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Leadership and Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration degree.

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“Being homeless, I found myself at a crossroads,” Dr. Holden explained. “I had to fight for my children and, with little direction, while staying in a boarded-up house, as squatters, I decided to enroll in college. The last time I had been in school, I was 15 years old.”

While Dr. Holden had unceremoniously vacated school, she was still armed with the educational smarts to, you know, possess a solid education.

WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE — Dr. Holden receiving the Proclamation of the Atlanta Council.

“I made a vow to myself that the streets weren’t going to raise my children, nor the jails were going to house them,” said Dr. Holden, a 10-time published author who has gone from a GED recipient to a woman who has positioned herself to acquire an honorary doctorate in the foreseeable future.

IN THAT ORDER — “In 2008, I made a vow to myself that when I got my life together I would go back and fight for others,” Dr. Holden, 44, told Making Headline News during an exclusive interview this week. “That’s when I knew that one day I would run for City Council.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

Take a look at her today.

Smart.

Intelligent.

Delightful.

Resourceful.

Perceptive.

Discerning.

Well-informed.

SEASON OF THE REBIRTH  — “Being homeless, I found myself at a crossroads,” Dr. Holden explained. “I had to fight for my children and, with little direction, while staying in a boarded-up house, as squatters, I decided to enroll in college. The last time I had been in school, I was 15 years old.”

Oh, and one other thing: She has masterfully put herself in position to assume a seat for which only a few sensed she would ever qualify.

Election Day is November 7.

Stay tuned. This is going to be interesting.

Amongst the reasons is that Dr. Holden’s story has generated an array of headlines and she became a featured story on AOL Black Voices.

In addition, she has appeared on The Debra Gatlin Show, not to mention The Ordinary People Show, and Joe The Gravedigger Show about helping others in the community who were facing difficult challenges.

For Holden, her notable accolades include having received the “I Am a Warrior” at the stage play “Lord Fight This Battle.” Widely known as inspiring speaker who answered the call to preach the Word of God in 2005, Dr. Holden was ordained to the office of Pastor in February 2013 and she is the Host of Global Talk Radio in which she advocates on  issues that affects people around the world.

Also, she was a featured story in the W.O.W. Magazine and was presented with the award of “Women Who Inspire” at an annual women conference  hosted by WEOP in “2008,” and was nominated for the “Humanitarian Essential Piece Award” in “2011” from the Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness, and she was an honoree for the “Unsung Hero” award at the APEX Pyramid Awards in “2016.”

Other accolades include having received the “I Am a Warrior” at the stage play “Lord Fight This Battle.” Widely known as inspiring speaker who answered the call to preach the Word of God in 2005, Dr. Holden was ordained to the office of Pastor in February 2013 and she is the Host of Global Talk Radio in which she advocates on  issues that affects people around the world.

Moreover, Dr. Holden is a stellar community advocate and an author of several books and a subject of a documentary entitled “No Longer Lost.”

DESTINED FOR GREATNESS — For starters, as if dropping out of high school her sophomore year wasn’t enough to put on hold the destiny of a woman who boasts the gifts of a public servant, Holden gave birth to four children by the age of 22. All things considered, at the time, she seemed well on her a way to becoming just another statistics from the inner city, a youngster with no real sense of direction, a young then-homeless adult who knew full well she was living beneath her privileges.

“I believe my chances are good in winning the election for District 11,” said Dr. Holden, sounding as confident as ever before. “I believe the people are tired and weary and they are looking for someone different. I will use the same fight I had for my family to fight for the residents of District 11.”

When asked to finish this sentence: “If Dr. Holden wins this election…”

Dr. Holden said, “Atlanta would be getting a servant leader who will immediately go to work for the people. I will begin to work with different entities to form collaboration, to get the ball rolling to bring the necessary changes to District 11.”

Spoken like the true, admirable comeback story for which she is widely known.

BOLD PREDICTION — “I believe my chances are good in winning the election for District 11,” said Dr. Holden, sounding as confident as ever. “I believe the people are tired and weary and they are looking for someone different. I will use the same fight I had for my family to fight for the residents of District 11.”

DR. LATARSHA HOLDEN’S PLEDGE TO THE CITY OF ATLANTA:

  • I pledge to work with the judicial system to ensure that there is a plan in place to assist juveniles who come before the courts. We cannot just put them on probation without offering any assistance to help them with criminal behavior. Services will be rendered once detained.
  • I pledge to partner with companies that would provide job training for low-income residents to ensure that they have an opportunity to apply for better paying jobs…to set aside entry level positions to get in the door with big corporations.
  • I pledge to increase the safety of the public by hiring more police officers, starting a gang unit within Atlanta Police Department and to put in place incentives for community policing….also, to hire a small group of mental health professionals who can assist the officers when dealing with the mentally ill.
  • I pledge to partner with Atlanta Public Schools to ensure that our schools are safe and that any forms of bullying will have dire consequences…to work with middle schools to assist in the transition phase from elementary school goes smoothly. This will be my main initiative called, “Project Village.”
For more information on Dr. Latarsha Holden for Atlanta City Council, District 11, write: P. O. Box 115351, Atlanta, Georgia, 30310. Also, call: 404-838-9587. 

 

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Washington, D. C.-area businesswoman Nikki Smith using Total Life Changes for economic prosperity, to enhance life of artistic son

ON HER GRIND — Having acknowledged that she chose the education industry for job security because it would give way to a sense of job security, Nikki Smith said her tenure in the classroom ultimately gave way to becoming an obstacle, of sorts, in large part because her son had been stricken by a variety of special needs. Fortunately for her, that is when Total Life Changes had come into play, thus providing her with the newfound hope and enthusiasm, let alone the much-needed breakthrough she so desperately sought — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

In a variety of aspects, Nikki Michelle Smith and her affiliation with Total Life Changes go hand in hand.

Take, for instance, how when Smith, a former professional educator, joined Total Life Changes a year-and-a-half or so ago, this Washington, D.C.-area businesswoman sensed, among other things, that this thriving, progressive business would benefit her mightily.

Most importantly, during an exclusive interview Friday morning with Making Headline News, Smith spoke at length about how her having joined TLC would greatly enhance her lifestyle and that of her son, Darrell Anthony Bronston, Jr.

During an exclusive interview on Friday morning with Making Headline News, Smith spoke at length about how her having joined TLC would greatly enhance her lifestyle and that of her son, Darrell Anthony Bronston, Jr. Bronston, Jr. is a 16-year-old child who diagnosed with severe autism when he was 3 ½ years old.

Bronston, Jr. is a 16-year-old child who was diagnosed with severe autism when he was 3 ½ years old.

“That was devastating to me,” said Smith while speaking passionately about her only child. “Although I’ve always been positive and always had a lifelong goal of being a teacher, his diagnosed inspired me to learn more about special education so I would know how I could apply it with him as well as understand his educational rights.”

FOLLOW N. MICHELLE SMITH’S TLC PAGE ORDER NOW: www.totallifechanges.com/5734951.

Having acknowledged that she chose the education industry for job security purposes and because it would give way to financial stability, Smith said her tenure in the classroom ultimately gave way to her job becoming an obstacle, of sorts, in large part because her son had been stricken by a variety of special needs.

HEAVEN SENT — More than anything, Smith said while displaying her smile, she’s mostly grateful for her son, her precious, beloved, tailor-made gift from God and arguably her grandest inspiration.

“That turned into an obstacle,” Smith explained. “Either I made too much money, not enough money, I missed a dead line, or the money ran out and so on. It was very frustrating, and the reality was I needed help.”

Fortunately for her, that is when Total Life Changes had come into play, thus providing her with the newfound hope and enthusiasm, let alone the much-needed breakthrough she so desperately sought — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

Having officially gone into operations in 1999, Total Life Changes, or TLC as it is widely known, provides thousands of people around the world with the opportunity to build a brighter future, most notably by way of living and savoring a healthy lifestyle, as well as through the financial freedom and flexibility they seek.

According to a spokesperson for TLC, this internationally-acclaimed business has developed a widely described as a “true sense of family” that is shared by its independent business owners, executive staff, and customer service agents. Moreover, this company is credible in that it customarily provides its members with an unlimited opportunity to grow their business, not to mention develop a network of offices located across the world.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Smith emphasized that amongst her notable goals as an independent business owner through TLC is to have a stellar business-related impact with its assortment of products throughout the United States, even as far as the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Canada, among other establishments.

In addition, she aspires to use her products and generated revenue to help enhance and make comfortable the lives of individuals who share a similar lifestyle as her.

“My goal is the help special needs moms and pops and help them see the benefits of a home-based business,” Smith said. “You see…raising children with special needs has it rewards.”

 

More than anything, Smith said while displaying her smile, she’s mostly grateful for her son, her precious, beloved, tailor-made gift from God and arguably her grandest inspiration.

“My son has taught me a lot,” Smith said. “However, his needs have also caused me to leave my job.”

Then again, Smith didn’t actually leave her job, at least not on her on own merits, mind you.

“I got fired, because my days were spent going to therapy sessions,” Smith explained. “I was getting called home because the sitter could not handle his high needs or I could not trust just anyone with my child. His father helps a lot, but when I left the (Ohio), it was overwhelming emotionally, financially and physically. I started to lose myself.

“I was depressed and I was emotionally detached from my child,” Smith continued. “I did all the motherly duties but I was reclosed…gained weight, didn’t care about my appearance and all of that always was taking its toll. My mom brought it to my attention I was burnt out. A lot of special needs parent find themselves in this same situation and sadly on the other side of the law for neglect, abuse, and sometimes the loss of a child to social services, not because they were bad parents, but because they were overwhelmed and lacked resources or support most times both.

With proper education, coupled with her affiliation with Total Life Changes, Smith doesn’t shy away from the notion that because of her relentless faith, she adopted a newfound disposition on life — a life-enhancing trend that is proving beneficial for the young Darrell, Jr.

“The Nutraburst gives him the vitamins he needs that he don’t get due what he eats over again,” Smith said. “The NRG helps him focus and gives him mental energy as well. He has meltdowns when there is too much going on and he goes into sensory overload, which causes him to have meltdowns. The NRG has helped with that a lot (Disclaimer: TLC does not mitigate any medical claims or cures of any diseases, disorders or ailments). But we focus on results.”

Fortunately for Smith, the results have been favorable.

Which, after all, sums up that in a variety of aspects, Nikki Michelle Smith and her affiliation with Total Life Changes go hand in hand.

 

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 an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Houston-based author Denecia Abear shares an assortment of tear-jerking testimonies in her newly-produced book

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

 

HOUSTON — Approximately six years ago this month, God strategically instilled within Denecia Abear a vision, one that, fortunately for her, changed the overall landscape of her life.

All things considered, what was mostly intriguing and downright gratifying about this vision was that the very moment Abear had become spiritually impregnated with it, she was destined to give birth to it, even if it meant she had to defy the toughest of odds.

And so it came to pass that upon the discovery of her life-enhancing vision, Abear — a then-aspiring author — began her quest to assemble a book that, given the favorable responses of late, would greatly enrich and enhance lives.

The chief executive officer of Shekinah Glory Publishing, Abear is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Faces of Her Heart: The Truth Behind My Brokenness.”

WALKING IN VICTORYThe chief executive officer of Shekinah Glory Publishing, Houston native Denecia Abear is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Faces of Her Heart: The Truth Behind My Brokenness.” A much-anticipated published document that took roughly one to complete, according to Abear, “Faces of Her Heart: The Truth Behind My Brokenness” deals largely with an embodiment of hope for the individual facing life’s most challenging obstacles.

A much-anticipated published document that took roughly one to complete, according to Abear, “Faces of Her Heart: The Truth Behind My Brokenness” deals largely with an embodiment of hope for the individual facing life’s most challenging obstacles, according to an introduction on the book’s Facebook page.

In addition, Abear, a two-time cancer survivor, has taken her reading audience on a journey that is comprise, among other things, of what she describes as the most intimate areas of her life and her heart, according to a spokesperson for her debut book.

SPREADING THE GOSPELTo her credit, the feedback regarding her tear-jerking, spiritually gut-checking book has been favorable, in large part because Abear — a devout woman of faith and the Founder of ministry My End God’s Beginning Ministries — appeared transparent in sharing her life-changing testimonies.

By and large, Abear’s book also addresses what she describes as a life riddled with pain that stemmed largely from her bouts of rejection, abandonment, abuse, rape, neglect, betrayal and low self-esteem or, as she eloquently explains, a heart that was broken, wounded, snatched out and stepped on only to be healed by God and made whole again.

‘Faces of Her Heart’” is for the woman who has mastered the art of masking her pain while losing the authenticity of her true identity,” Abear, a native of Houston, told Making Headline News this week.

Moreover, Faces of Her Heart, she added, is for the individual who has either lost hope or is on the verge of giving up.

FOLLOW DENECIA ABEAR’S BOOK VIA SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/Faces-of-Her-Heart-762474540566913/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE.

“Throughout the pages of this book, you will see God shows up at the hardest moments and shine light on every dark situation,” Abear said. “From two bouts of cancer, to divorce, and so much more, you will find that Denecia Abear is a true overcomer!”

To her credit, the feedback regarding her tear-jerking, spiritually gut-checking book has been favorable, in large part because Abear — a devout woman of faith and the Founder of ministry My End God’s Beginning Ministries — appeared transparent in sharing her life-changing testimonies.

“The feedback has been wonderful and encouraging because people have not been able to put the book down and have read it within two to four hours,” said Abear, who fielded an array of support from her spiritual mother, longtime Houston-area evangelist and notable author Dr. Sugar Trask. “People have laughed and cried and been blessed because of my transparency and willingness to expose my skeletons.”

Generally, amongst the vital points of emphasis Abear is sending to her audience is that people who are bound and spiritually incarcerated by life’s toughest of problems and issues must adopt the notion that Jesus Christ is the Supreme Healer and Miracle Worker for which He is widely known.

THE ISAIAH 54:17 FACTORGenerally, amongst the vital points of emphasis Abear is sending to her audience is that people who are bound and spiritually incarcerated by life’s toughest of problems and issues must adopt the notion that Jesus Christ is the Healer for which He is widely known. “My purpose in life is to help others to see God as a healer,” Abear explained. “As a two-time cancer winner, God has proven time and time again that this is my purpose. I endured the suffering and sickness to display the glory of God as His vessel in the earth.”

“My purpose in life is to help others to see God as a healer,” Abear explained. “As a two-time cancer winner, God has proven time and time again that this is my purpose. I endured the suffering and sickness to display the glory of God as His vessel in the earth.”

All of which practically sums up why Abear is destined to continue her newfound admiration for writing and, most of all, tell of God’s in the process.

“I have helped others to write and publish their books,” said Abear, esteeming others highly than herself, as we are commanded, according to Philippians 2:3.

JUST SO YOU’LL KNOW“Faces of Her Heart is for the woman who has mastered the art of masking her pain while losing the authenticity of her true identity,” Abear, a native of Houston, told Making Headline News this week.

In addition, she revealed that her second, third and fourth books — (second) N. O.W. – New Options For Winning, (third) Words of Wisdom For Warrior Women and (fourth) Answer to Cancer: Jesus Heals — are currently in the works:

“I also in the midst of ghost writing several other books for new and upcoming authors,” Abear said.

All while continuing to fortify that God-mandated vision — one that, fortunately for her, has changed the overall landscape of her life.

 

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 an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

Houstonian Dr. Shelia “Sugar” Trask spreading the gospel, sharing life-enhancing testimonies through her latest book

MIRRORING GOD’S GREATNESS — For someone who has worked vigorously and persevered diligently to arrive at such a momentous stage in her life, Dr. Shelia “Sugar” Trask is clearly one who has started from the bottom and now she’s here — with God, her Helper, leading the way.
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become,” Trask often says.
All of which sums up why Trask, a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota deemed it essential to drive home a similar point in her latest book entitled, “Shattered Mirror: A Life Of Despair The Introduction,” a real life story in which Trask shares of thought-provoking, life-enhancing testimony as way to greatly enable the masses to — in a nutshell — draw closer to God.

HOUSTONKashonda Graham was amongst those who were quite blissful and enraptured after learning about the latest developments surrounding her aunt, Dr. Shelia “Sugar” Trask.

Said Graham, who wasted little time taking to her Facebook page Saturday morning: “I’m so overly joyed for my favorite auntie Sugar Trask. She started from the bottom and now God has her here!”

For Trask, a longtime evangelist, internationally-acclaimed motivational speaker and life coach, an established professional chef and accomplished author, life couldn’t be any better, as evidenced by her niece’s latest social media post.

Among the reasons is that for someone who has worked vigorously and persevered diligently to arrive at such a momentous stage in her life, Trask is clearly one who has started from the bottom and now she’s here — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become,” Trask often says.

All of which sums up why Trask, a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, deemed it essential to drive home a similar point in her latest book entitled, “Shattered Mirror: A Life Of Despair The Introduction,” a real life story in which Trask shares of thought-provoking, life-enhancing testimony as way to greatly enable the masses to — in a nutshell — draw closer to God.

After all, as a seasoned woman of the cloth who has been assigned to carry out her God-mandated vision of spreading the gospel, “Shattered Mirror: A Life Of Despair The Introduction” essentially is an eye-catching, attention-grabbing project that’s geared largely toward empowering Trask’s reading audience to view even the harshest of situations and circumstances from God’s perspective.

“The vision came about in 1977 after I accepted my salvation,” Trask told Making Headline News this week. “I always knew one day I would tell my testimony in speaking engagements or books.”

Fortunately for Trask — who has labeled 2017 the “Year of Abundance” — and because of the divine calling upon her life, she’s basking and dwelling in a season whereby she’s being afforded the golden opportunities to share her story.

FULFILLING’S HER VISION — Having built her ministry on the spiritual foundation by way of Jeremiah 29:11 and Matthew 6:33, Trask, to her distinct credit, is savoring the fruits of labor.

The founder and chief executive officer of Scarfree03Ministries, Trask has managed to assemble a series of books that essentially are geared largely toward sharing hope, restoration, forgiveness, unconditional love, and deliverance from the past.

She began sharing her plethora of life’s tear-jerking, spiritually gut-checking testimonies while once in a treatment center. However, it wasn’t until sometime in 2003 that she adopted the lofty vision to compose books.

Her latest book will be officially released this week and will be available for purchase at Amazon.com, www.scarfree03ministries.com, via E-book, and Kindle Christian Book Stores. Also, a book signing is scheduled at a Houston-area Kroger on a date that has yet to be announced.

REAPING A HARVEST — Because Trask’s Creator has proven time and again to provide her a way of escape, to routinely rescue her from harm’s way, to customarily exalt and elevate her whenever she decreased so that He can increase, she can honestly profess today that she’s basking in the glory of her much-anticipated harvest season.

FOLLOW DR. TRASK: scarfree03ministries.com.

“The divine message is redemption is for us no matter what the sins we have committed,” Trask said. “God’s love is the greatest love of all. If he did it for me, He will bring you through.”

And because Trask’s Creator has proven time and again to provide her a way of escape, to routinely rescue her from harm’s way, to customarily exalt and elevate her whenever she decreased so that He could increase, she can honestly profess today that she’s basking in the glory of her much-anticipated harvest season.

Need more proof?

For starters, exercise your faith by purchasing her book or booking her for speaking engagement because, as she proven time and again since much-anticipated launching of her ministry, God has a word for you.

“The purpose (for which) God saved and delivered me is to go out and allow people to see Him through me and through the light that shines through me,” said Trask, whose longstanding ministry has allowed her to travel abroad to spread the gospel, most notably to Haiti, Israel, Canada, and Hawaii, among other establishments. “For me (it’s an honor) to witness and minister to the down and out, to the prostituted, drug addicts, homosexuals, to the Pastors and preachers, to go to the mission fields and save souls for the kingdom.”

Also, she is founder of the organizations: Women Who Have Overcome Adversities and Men Who have Overcome Adversities and will launch Children Who Have Overcome Adversities in early April. 

HAVING A GLOBAL IMPACT — Dr. Trask’s longstanding ministry has allowed her to travel abroad to spread the gospel, most notably to Haiti, Israel, Canada, and Hawaii, among other establishments

MORE ON DR. TRASK: Cookinwithsugarlious.com.

Having built her ministry on the spiritual foundation by way of Jeremiah 29:11 and Matthew 6:33, Trask, to her distinct credit, is savoring the fruits of labor.

She received an Honorary Doctorate Of Divinity Degree on May 28, 2016, she was named an International Ambassador, and was honored with the Chaplaincy Award To The Nations.

In addition, she has ministered with Joan Hunter for the past 11 years and was ordained through the Charles and Frances Ministry.

TEXAS SIZE ACHIEVEMENT — Trask received an Honorary Doctorate Of Divinity Degree on May 28, 2016, she was named an International Ambassador, and was honored with the Chaplaincy Award To The Nations. In addition, she has ministered with Joan Hunter for the past 11 years and was ordained through the Charles and Frances Ministry.

Currently, she’s an active minister at Greater Faith Church (at 5503 Bourgeois Road in Houston) under the direction of Bishop Marcel and First Lady Delores Miles.

Looking ahead, Trask said a second “Shattered Mirror” book is currently in the works and is scheduled to be released in April.

She has book signings for her newly-released booked scheduled for February 23-25.

“She started from the bottom and now God has her here,” her niece said in a rather spirited, captivating Facebook post Saturday morning.

Now we see why.

 

For more information about Dr. Sugar Trask or to schedule a public appearance of speaking engagement, call 409-789-9631 or write her at: P. O. Box 22, Pinehurst, Texas 77362. Also, reach her via: Sugarmarie05@earthlink.net and Scarfreeministries@earthlink.net

 

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 an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Houston-area author and retired educator Portia McGowan Green having a global impact on children through her dazzling books

 

TEXAS SIZE IMPACT — Arguably her most cherished and seemingly most sought after book is “Jasmine and The Old Oak Tree,” which is Portia McGowan Green’s first published document, one that depicts the life of her beloved, then-six-year-old niece, Jasmine.
During an interview with Making Headline News this week, Green spoke about how her first children’s book, by all accounts, was composed largely through what she deemed the “curiosity” of her great niece.

DALLAS — Although Portia McGowan Green is a retired elementary school teacher, she’s still having a monumental impact on children from various walks of life.

Widely known as “Author Portia” as well as a notable, beloved educator whose solid body of work essentially has left a lasting affect on the education arena in the Houston metropolitan area, Green’s teaching tenure was highlighted by array of accolades and honors, most notably being named Teacher of The Year in 2010, an achievement she described as one of the “most rewarding things I had ever done.”

NATIONAL STAGE — Green is known largely for her immense writing repertoire, considering she has authored 15 children’s books, a trend that has, in some aspects, earned mentions on a national platform. Ask longtime journalist Roland Martin.

DANG…THAT WAS QUICKTo her distinct credit, it seems that once God infused her with the vision to assemble her first book, it seemed as if Green had fielded — and embraced — the God-mandated eyesight as if she expected it. So much, in fact, that Green needed just a few hours to write “Jasmine and the Old Oak Tree.”

Though she is years removed from having called it a teaching career, it’s safe to assume that teaching, at least as Green knows it,  is still just a prevalent in her life to this very day.

That’s because Green is known largely for her immense writing repertoire, considering she has authored 14 children’s books, a trend that has, in some aspects, earned mentions on a national platform (Ask longtime journalist Roland Martin).

Arguably her most cherished and seemingly most sought after book is “Jasmine and The Old Oak Tree,” which is Green’s first published document and one that depicts the life of her beloved, then-six-year-old great niece, Jasmine Harris.

During an interview with Making Headline News this week, Green —  who’s affiliated with the National Black Book Festival in Houston —  spoke specifically about how her first children’s book, by all accounts, was composed largely through what she deemed the “curiosity” of her niece.

“God gave this vision to me in 2013 while teaching a writing lesson at school in preparation for the Texas State Assessment,” said Green, explaining how she had gone about grabbing a firm hold of her passion for authoring books.

To her distinct credit, it seems that once God had infused her with a heaven-endorsed assignment to assemble her first book, it seemed as if Green had fielded — and embraced — the God-mandated eyesight as if she expected it.

So much, in fact, that she needed just a few hours to write “Jasmine and the Old Oak Tree.”

Heck, some might call it bragging.

Green, on the hand, sensed all along that sharing her niece’s unique countenance before a sizable and global reading audience was ordained by her Creator — even before her niece was born.

“(I wrote) ‘Jasmine and the Old Oak Tree’ in one evening,” Green said.

Surely, she has Jasmine to thank and vice versa, considering Green’s first book recalls her niece’s true story based largely on her observations and determination to understand what she describes as the “goings-on in an old oak tree” from the comfortable confines of her yard.

Although it took practically a few hours to assemble her first, “Jasmine and the Old Oak Tree” was officially released in 2014 and is available for purchase on Amazon.com and at www.portiamcgowan.com.

From that point, Green had become inspired to write other books.

Before she knew it, she had authored 13 more published documents — all while still having a monumental impact on children from various walks of life.

“I knew from the time I was in third grade that someday I wanted to become a teacher,” Green said. “My mother was my inspiration. I am one of five siblings. I have a sister, Gail, and three brothers: Gary, Anthony and Kenneth, who is also an educator.”

Long before she fulfilled her dream of becoming teacher, Green recalled those times when she and her siblings basically encircled her mother while she steadfastly embraced higher education.

“We were nearly complete with high school when my mother would be sitting at the table at night, doing her homework out of determination to get her degree and become a classroom teacher,” Green said.

By and large, the foundation for which her mother laid, particularly as it relates to advancing one’s education, served as a motivational force for Green who, upon earning her Master’s degree in Education, had later became certified to teach in 2004 through Letourneau University in Houston.

The rest, as they say, is history.

She’s been teaching ever since, even after calling it a career in the classroom.

FOLLOW AUTHOR PORTIA: http://www.portiamcgowan.com/.

“Nearly all of my family members, far and near, are educators,” Green said with such dignity and pride.

All while still having a monumental impact on children from various walks of life.

 

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 an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Dallas/Fort Worth-area Pastor Terry Vincent aiming to restore marriages, life’s obstacles through his inspiring debut book

DALLAS — Shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Terry Vincent pulled up to Starbucks Coffee Shop off of Texas Interstate 183, just minutes from Downtown Dallas.

Once inside, Vincent wasted little time counting his blessings, recalling, among other things, how God had strategically restored his marriage a little more than a decade ago.

COUPLE OF FOREVERSDuring his separation to his spouse, Dallas/Fort Worth-area Pastor Terry Vincent was purposed to write a book entitled, “Taking The Dys Out Of Dysfunction,” a published document that depicts the tumultuous events and downtrodden experiences that led to a short, but painful hiatus from his wife as well an intimate spiritual encounter with God that gave way to an eventual marriage reconciliation.

“In my own marriage, I discovered that we had gone through difficult times trying to learn each other, ” Vincent, during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News, said as he explained in great details the turbulent events surrounding his marriage to Wanda Vincent, his wife of nearly 25 years. “I’ve learned through my own marriage that some things aren’t learned in the classroom but rather in the field.”

It was, by all accounts, because of Terry Vincent’s subsequent separation from his wife that ultimately served as what he labeled a defining moment, of sorts, a notable development that greatly fueled his desire to process what had become a marriage on the rocks, a turn of events that gave way to much heartache and misery and despair, a tear-jerking, gut-checking encounter that inspired him mightily to get his act together.

TRIO OF LOVE — Vincent pictured with his three children: Jeremy, Edwin, and Mariah.

“During that time, I was able to hear God more,” Terry Vincent said.

So much, in fact, that Vincent, 48, the Founder and Senior Pastor of Restoration Of Faith Fellowship Church in nearby Arlington, Texas had assumed another God-mandated assignment, one that, fortunately for him, altered the overall landscape of his life.

RESTORING THE LOVE GOD’S WAY — A pastor since April 2004 when he founded his Texas-based church, Vincent said it wasn’t until made proper investments — and adjustments — that God ultimately opened the door to renewed sensed of love and enthusiasm and unity for he and his wife.
“I was lonely without my wife,” Vincent said.

During his separation to his spouse, Vincent was purposed to write a book entitled, “Taking The Dys Out Of Dysfunction,” a published document that depicts the tumultuous events and downtrodden experiences that led to a short, but painful hiatus from his wife as well as an intimate spiritual encounter with God, one that suddenly gave way to an eventual marriage reconciliation.

“It spoke volumes to me, because I knew God had to speak to me in order for me to humble myself,” Vincent, a Kalamazoo, Michigan native said, explaining his vision for his book, which will be released in the coming months, but at a date that has yet to be announced.

PARENTAL EFFECT — Vincent said his parents (Bishop John and Barbara Vincent) who were married for 46 years prior to his father’s death in May 2013, were amongst those who inspired him to write his first book.

In recalling the chaos that led to the separation from his wife, Vincent admittedly struggled with anger issues, a trend that though it caused an array of hardships and isolation in his marriage, he couldn’t pinpoint exactly from where it arose.

“When I say unexplained (anger), I don’t know where it came from,” Vincent said. “You didn’t see it growing up. I mean, you just didn’t see it. I said things that were inflammatory.”

Offensive to the point where this son of a renowned Tulsa, Oklahoma-area preacher found himself having to attend anger management classes.

Heck, he had no other choice, really.

It was either he control his anger or risk losing Wanda.

Possibly forever.

That’s when Vincent — sitting on the edge of his chair in that North Dallas coffee shop — specifically acknowledged having witnessed arguably the biggest wakeup call of his young life.

“I had to go to anger management classes to see what was the deal with me,” Vincent explained. “Anger is a spirit. And if you subject yourself to certain spirits, it’ll open up others.”

Conversely, there are two other vital areas to which Vincent alludes in his book: “Unresolved Issues” and the common feeling in which couples simply “Just Don’t Know.”

“And that goes back to the investment part,” he said. “It’s not so much that our parents didn’t demonstrate (unity and love). “But we have to find out what works for us. We have to make investments. We make investments in our health. We make investments in our automobiles. We make investments in shopping. But we never make investments in our marriage. Couples tend to put up their walls. And when they do that, that’s when fear sets in.”

A pastor since April 2004 when he founded his Texas-based church after having spent a majority of life in Tulsa, Vincent said it wasn’t until he made proper investments — and adjustments — that God ultimately opened the door to a renewed sense of love and enthusiasm and unity for he and his wife.

“I was lonely without my wife,” Vincent said.

As it turned out, Wanda was lonely without him. That’s when things began to shift in a positive direction — with God, their Helper, leading the way.

“God told me to contact her,” said Vincent, who sensed at the time that his separation to his wife and the mother of his three children was nearing a ceremonious end. “This time, God gave me how to say and what to say. And when I followed His direction, the response I got shocked me. The conversations that were once combative and perplexing were peaceful.”

TEXAS SIZE SUCCESS — As far as Vincent — who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies from Dallas Baptist University — is concerned, although he and wife reconciled, he sensed it was a foregone conclusion that he move forward with his book.
After all, he’d be the first to admit that is he and Wanda can weather arguably the toughest of adversities then, surely, they can empower and educate others to follow suit.

As far as Vincent — who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies from Dallas Baptist University — is concerned, although he and his wife reconciled their marriage, he sensed it was a foregone conclusion that he move forward with his book.

After all, he’d be the first to admit that if he and Wanda can weather arguably the toughest of adversities then, surely, they can empower and educate other couples to follow suit.

“Buy it,” said Vincent, issuing an appeal to his audience to commit to purchasing his book. “Buy it right now. It’s going to bless you.”

Chances are, buyers of “Taking The Dys Out Of Dysfunction” will thoroughly embrace his seemingly unyielding transparency, a trend that could very well enable them to do way with the dreaded “Dys.”

 

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 an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Native Memphian Aaron Jordan flourishing mightily as an award-winning author and radio personality

TEN-NE-SEE HIS SUCCESS — A native of Memphis who currently resides in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Aaron Jordan is the mastermind behind the book, “The Power Within, A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes.” A rather emotionally — and spiritually — gut-checking book that was originally published on July 22, 2014, Jordan, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, spoke at length about how God greatly fueled his desire to compose a book that, to his credit, figures to help change the lives of others for the better.

All things considered, Aaron Jordan is armed with what he describes as an inner “perfectionist.”

Heck, as far as he’s concerned, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, nothing wrong with — you know — establishing a rather spirited, cheerful countenance that suggests, among other things, that Jordan is determined to strategically exercise his faith in ways unimaginable.

“I am a hard critic of myself, including my brand,” Jordan said.

The brand to which Jordan is especially alluding is his notable endeavor as an established, award-winning author.

A native of Memphis who currently resides in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Jordan is the mastermind behind the book, “The Power Within, A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes.”

IT’S ALL GOOD, Y’ALL — As expected, the bulk of the feedback through Jordan’s book has been favorable. “(Many have said it’s) been life-changing in the fact that it has given them a new found prospective on dating and relationships, and that people waiting on my next book release coming up,” he said.

A rather emotionally — and spiritually — gut-checking book that was originally published on July 22, 2014, Jordan, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, spoke at length about how God greatly fueled his desire to compose a book that, to his credit, figures to help change the lives of others for the better.

“(I wrote this book) after coming out of a dark place mentally and emotionally in 2012,” Jordan, an award-winning author, explained.

And because he deemed it essential to obey the voice of his Creator by dauntlessly writing his book, today, unlike never before, the man who’s widely known as “Mr. Know Your Worth” is steadfastly reaping the benefits of his brave act of obedience.

For starters, so inspired Jordan was to produce his book that it took him virtually no time to execute the finishing product, considering such a monumental project took approximately nine months to complete (from January to September 2012).

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Add to the fact that such a compelling, dazzling book depicts several of Jordan’s greatest, most hurtful and memorable life-enhancing encounters — most notably what he specifically recalled as “three rings, three engagements” during a 24-month timeframe, and it’s no wonder “The Power Within, A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes” quickly surfaced as a hot sale, most notably on Amazon.com and Walmart.com.

So get it while you can.

BUSY BODYWide known as also as a motivational speaker, relationship expert, and an award-winning syndicated radio personality, Jordan is currently arranging another college relationship tour as well as another book tour on a date that has yet to be announced.

“In ‘The Power Within, A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes,’ it guides to help you understand who you are, whose you are, and what you are when comes to dating and relationships,” said Jordan, explaining the primary purpose for his book. “Also, it helps you to realize the power that you have in dating…understanding that your worth and value is not defined by a relationship or just the sake of having someone in your life. The things that I learned during that period of my life and the things that I learned about myself in that process, I knew that my story was not just for me but to impact people.”

As expected, the bulk of the feedback through Jordan’s book has been favorable.

“(Many have said it’s) been life-changing in the fact that it has given them a new found prospective on dating and relationships, and that people waiting on my next book release coming up,” Jordan acknowledged.

Jordan’s next book, “Dating According to Your Purpose: 5 Laws of Achieving Your Best Life,” is a project that is currently in the works and a time of its release has yet to be determined.

Widely known as also as a motivational speaker, relationship expert, and a syndicated radio personality, Jordan is currently arranging another college relationship tour as well as another book tour for a date that has yet to be announced.

In addition, Jordan’s itinerary includes conducting his annual relationship conferences in Nashville and Atlanta entitled the “Know Your Worth Women’s Relationship Conference.” Also, his “Come Walk the Purple Carpet” event will take place in Nashville, and his “Know Your Worth Relationship Empowerment Summit” is slated to take place in Atlanta.

A Memphis Whitehaven High graduate who studied Marketing at the University of Phoenix, Jordan is owner and host of the Know Your Worth Radio Show with co-host Michael Warren. The show airs every Saturday from Noon-1 p.m. CST on Nashville’s 102.1 FM The Light.

For more information about Aaron Jordan, write him at:

P. O. Box 330711

Murfreesboro, TN 37133

 

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 an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.