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Mid-South couple wrote and produced an R&B song that’s igniting a buzz around Memphis

DALLAS — Christopher Wade and Kimberly King first crossed paths nearly three decades ago at John P. Freeman Jr. High, during which they were members of the school’s choir.

Today, their bond is as close as it’s ever been.

Having formed a courtship a little more than two years ago, Wade and King have collectively put their musical talents on display, courtesy of a newly-produced song entitled, “Love Is A Gift.”

LOVE AND MUSIC 

REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD — Christopher Wade and Kimberly King first crossed paths nearly three decades ago at John P. Freeman Jr. High, during which they were members of the school’s choir. Together, the couple deemed it essential to write and produce a song they sense will reignite a positive outlook in a world they sense have become much more unattached and self-absorbed in recent years.
A native of Memphis, King has been an accomplished songwriter for quite some time, she told Making Headline News Friday morning.

Wade, also a native Memphian, has been writing and singing for the past 19 years.

Together, the couple deemed it essential to write and produce a song they sense will reignite a positive outlook in a world they sense has become much more unattached and self-absorbed in recent years.


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MAD SKILLS — Widely known as “Swade,” Wade also has an extended play available at Www.swadedaphoenix.bandcamp.com.

Produced by Memphian Jonathan Davenport of EBJ Entertainment, the “Love Is A Gift” digital track has been officially released and is available for only $1.29 at https://swadedaphoenix.bandcamp.com/releases.

Widely known as “Swade,” Wade also has an extended play available at Www.swadedaphoenix.bandcamp.com.

“I just started my journey as a songwriter,” King, much to her delight, told MHN.

Interestingly, it is a journey she and Wade hope eventually catches the R & B music world by storm — much sooner than later.


“This song was written because the world is in such a bad place morally and spiritually,” said King, explaining the direct message she and Wade are aiming to send through an R&B hit that was recently thrust in rotation on Memphis’ 103.5 WRBO. “We are trying to bring true love with a real R&B feel back in 2019.”


THEY DID THAT — A song the couple needed somewhere in the neighborhood of 24 hours to compose — they wrote it December 13 and recorded it the very next day — “Love Is A Gift” surfaced in the wake of several conversations between Wade and King.

Though “Love Is A Gift” made its radio debut during the holiday season and is centered in large part on Christmas, King said the song is accompanied by what she describes as a “universal message,” meaning listeners can play it “all year round,” she acknowledged.

“The audience will be blessed by the feeling of love…to turn their minds off the world for a minute and feel good,” King said.

A song the couple needed somewhere in the neighborhood of 24 hours to compose — they wrote it December 13 and recorded it the very next day — “Love Is A Gift” surfaced in the wake of several conversations between Wade and King.

The rest, as they say, was history.

“It was easy to assemble the song,” said King, adding that other collaborative music projects are forthcoming.


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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.

Memphis businessman Oginga Carr urging local media outlets to ‘pay attention’ to his forthcoming Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp

Virtually everyone can use a much-needed breakthrough.

Especially entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

POINTING PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION — Mid-South-area businessman Oginga Carr is thoroughly convinced that his Second Annual Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp figures to enrich and impact the overall landscape of lives for both business owners, as well as those who boasts lofty aspirations of delving off into entrepreneurship.

That is why accomplished Mid-South-area businessman Oginga Carr is thoroughly convinced that his Second Annual Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp figures to enrich and impact the overall landscape of lives for both business owners, as well as those who boasts lofty aspirations of delving off into entrepreneurship.

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A two-day event that will take place June 9-10 in Memphis at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center that is located at 2240 Democrat Road, Carr’s Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp has been dubbed the “No. 1 Leadership Event” in the Mid-South, in large part because it is designed to help shape the legacy, particularly of business-minded individuals who have become greatly inspired to routinely assess their lives and, most importantly, where they sensed they should be at this present stage.  

BIRTHING SUCCESS — This year, however, Mid-South Businessman Oginga Carr and Co. have become empowered to celebrate what they deem The Birth Of The Champion.

“The Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp is about creating breakthroughs in your business and in your life to create the legacy you desire,” said a spokesperson for Carr’s event in a detailed description of it at Bablive.com.

In 2017, Carr and his constituents paid homage to what was known as The Birth Of The High Achiever.

“We gave you the steps to achieve your goals in life,” Carr, the Founder of I Dream I Achieve Academy®, said of last year’s inaugural bootcamp.

This year, however, Carr and Co. have become empowered to celebrate what they have deemed The Birth Of The Champion.

Amongst the notable presenters will be Barbara Pinson Lash, a globally-acclaimed Celebrity Media Coach, who’s widely known for working with various athletes, whereby she aids them mightily in making the lofty transition from their respective sport to careers in Mass Media.

“It’s time to create the championship legacy for you and your family,” Carr, the owner and CEO of Epiphany Consulting LLC, told Making Headline News this week.

The second year for the Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp figures be just as festive and informative as last year, considering Carr has invited a proverbial dream team of entrepreneurs to share with the masses an assortment of keys to entrepreneurship success.

Sustained success, that is.

“We are so delighted to have our speakers this year,” Carr said.

In addition, Carr’s Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp will be graced by the presence of Patrick Dougher, the mastermind behind Strength Based Leadership, whereby he is widely known for teaching today’s leaders how to be able to relate to their teams.

Amongst the notable presenters will be Barbara Pinson Lash, a globally-acclaimed Celebrity Media Coach, who’s widely known for working with various athletes, whereby she aids them mightily in making the lofty transition from their respective sport to careers in Mass Media.

In essence, Lash customarily helps athletes acquire careers as media personalities, as well as coaches people on how to get more of their legacy in their lives.

In addition, Carr’s Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp will be graced by the presence of Patrick Dougher, the mastermind behind Strength Based Leadership, whereby he is widely known for teaching today’s leaders on how to be able to relate to their teams.

ROLL IN THE CAMERAS — An event that figures to have a monumental impact on local entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, Carr is especially hopeful that Memphis-area media outlets will pay close attention to this year’s bootcamp.

“We are excited to have these internationally acclaimed speakers in our midst,” said Carr, whose Epiphany Consulting LLC is a Mid-South-area company that is widely regarded as an organizational structure venture that customarily helps with coaching and consulting for businesses and individuals so that they could appropriately find compliance and clarity.

An event that figures to have a monumental impact on local entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, Carr is especially hopeful that Memphis-area media outlets will pay close attention to this year’s bootcamp.

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“Media outlets have to pay attention to this event, because there are so many bad things that are highlighted (in the Memphis-metropolitan area),” Carr said. “It’s time that we highlight more good.  We are bringing a high level leadership event to Memphis, where people can get amazing content that will help them immediately for a small price. We are so confident that you will have a breakthrough at this event, that if you don’t get something out of this event, we will give you your money back.”

In addition, Carr and his staff have implemented an added bonus for those who attend this year’s bootcamp.

“This year, we have partnered with BookVIP to offer an amazing benefit to those who come to our event,” Carr explained. “We are providing a complimentary four-day, three-night vacation package for accommodations to Las Vegas or Orlando for anyone who attends this event.  This is an amazing offer and is only valid for a limited time.”

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IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT OF SUCCESS — Carr’s Epiphany Consulting LLC is a Mid-South-area company that is widely regarded as an organizational structure venture that customarily helps with coaching and consulting for businesses and individuals so that they could appropriately find compliance and clarity.

Not only that, Carr doesn’t shy away from the notion that his forthcoming business-oriented event stands out above others that similar to it for a variety of reasons.

“We stand out over other events (because of) how practical it is, Carr said. “This is not a motivational seminar.  We will have tons of fun, but we are going to give you an action plan to change your life and the lives of your families.”

According to a spokesperson, Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp officials welcome sponsorships, which they say is a valuable opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their brand, as well as gain targeted exposure through leadership, trailblazing entrepreneurs, and potential customers.

 

For more information about Mid-South-area Businessman Oginga Carr and the Second Annual Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcampconnect with him via social media under: “Oginga Carr.” Also, send email to: Oginga@ogingacarr.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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Memphian and Primerica Regional Vice President Shay Bond: ‘I’m in a fight to be the 100th millionaire in the company’

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There is one major reason why Shay Bond is so destined to reach the top.

HOORAY FOR SHAY — Having acknowledged, among other things, that she’s empowered to learn and utilize the concept of leverage to gain residual income as a strategic avenue that will greatly enable her to become successful, Mid-South-area businesswoman Shay Bond, 34, has become a fixture as Regional Vice President for Primerica Financial Services.

“I’m pushing to get to the top because the bottom is too crowded,” Bond, an accomplished Mid-South-area businesswoman, told Making Headline News this week.

Having acknowledged, among other things, that she’s empowered to learn and utilize the concept of leverage to gain residual income as a strategic avenue that will greatly enable her to become successful, Bond, 34, has become a fixture as Regional Vice President for Primerica Financial Services.

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A Duluth, Georgia-based insurance and financial services company that uses a hybrid model of direct selling, franchising and distribution, Primerica was comprised of a reported 116,827 independent representatives in 2016 whereby it conducts business primarily in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, according to spokesperson for the company.

Moreover, this globally-acclaimed business is widely known for its commitment to helping families get out of debt, save money, protect their income and work towards being financially independent.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — A native of Memphis and a 2001 graduate of  the historic Whitehaven High, Bond advanced her education at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she earned a Bachelor of Art in Education and Behavioral Science in 2006. Four years later, she earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Memphis.

“We are the only company that teaches middle income families how to build generational wealth,” said Bond, who became affiliated with Primerica two years ago. “The company has 86 millionaires and over 4,000 people making six figures yearly. I’m in a fight to be the 100th millionaire in the company.”

Given the immeasurable and aggressive strides she has made since joining Primerica, it’s safe to assume that Bond is making a strong case that she’s destined to become one of the company’s big name personalities much sooner than later.

Amongst the notable reasons, Bond said, is that she aspires to garner financial independence after coming to a realization that being an employee or self-employed “was not going to get me there,” she said forthrightly.

A Duluth, Georgia-based insurance and financial services company that uses a hybrid model of direct selling, franchising and distribution, Primerica was comprised of a reported 116,827 independent representatives in 2016 whereby it conducts business primarily in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, according to spokesperson for the company.

“Primerica is teaching me how to build a business within a business, and teaching me financial concepts to teach my family and others to build wealth,” Bond said. “I love educating families, putting together a game plan for them to get on track with them finances, and helping them to create a brighter future for themselves and generations to come after them.”

Interestingly, that Bond is afforded the golden opportunity to pass the knowledge she’s acquired through Primerica to others is, by all accounts, priceless.

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — Given the immeasurable and aggressive strides she has made since joining Primerica, it’s safe to assume that Bond is making a strong case that she’s destined to become one of the company’s big name personalities much sooner than later.

“I also enjoy hiring new agents and teaching how to do what I do for families so that I can have more people in the city helping with the agenda of financial independence,” Bond said.

A native of Memphis and a 2001 graduate of the historic Whitehaven High, Bond advanced her education at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she earned a Bachelor of Art in Education and Behavioral Science in 2006. Four years later, she earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Memphis.

Since joining Primerica, Bond is afforded the luxury of traveling at least twice a month throughout the U.S., during which she is allowed to train agents she hire.

In addition, she frequently hosts financial workshops and seminars, and has become a fixture, particularly at various conventions sanctioned by the company hosts, during which Primerica reps teach its consultants how to help families more efficiently.

“My mission is to teach and educate families about personal finance and put a plan in place suitable for that family to improve their finances which can make family dynamics and relationships stronger,” Bond said.

As she eloquently explained, there are a few vital reasons why she deems it essential to take such an awesome approach as it pertains to possessing financial freedom.

“Due to a lack of a financial education in my childhood and my early adult life, I felt defeated, depressed, and ashamed, because I couldn’t win in life financially, and I don’t want others to feel that pain of dealing with relationship and family challenges due to being uneducated about money,” Bond said. “And by me growing my business, it allows me to serve an entire family, including the children, by being educated financially, to helping their goals and dreams to come true and to maintain strong family relationships.”

In a nutshell, Bond doesn’t shy away from the notion that since joining Primerica, she’s empowered to help rescue families rid themselves of financial adversity.

One family at a time.

“I will become an influence in households across the country through seminars, workshops, webinars, one-on-one consultations and social media outlets,” Bond said.

Surely, it was her children who greatly inspired Bond to move forward with her current business venture. There’s no turning back — no turning back for all the right reasons.

CONNECT WITH SHAY HERE: www.primerica.com/shaybond

WELL-ROUNDED BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL — In addition, Bond frequently hosts financial workshops and seminars, and has become a fixture, particularly at various conventions sanctioned by the company hosts, during which Primerica reps teach its consultants how to help families more efficiently.

“I want them to live a different life than I liked financially, so I decided to retire from teaching to work in this company full time and push to get to where I am, which is a Regional Vice President of one of the top Financial Services Firms in North America,” Bond said.

Amongst her primary objectives moving forward: Inspire others to become successful through this globally acclaimed company.

“I have the ability to hire people to work with our company full time and part time,” Bond said. “This is the opportunity that was given to me and I didn’t know it existed. So many people are taught that they only have four options when they complete college, which is go to college, trade school, military, or get a job. No one tells us that we can become an owner of a business.”

All of which practically sums up why she is steadily defying the greatest of odds.

All of which practically sums up why there is one major reason why she is so destined to reach the top.

Given the immeasurable strides she’s made in such a brief timespan, she seems well on her way.

 

For more information about Regional Vice President Shay Bond of Premerica, Inc, connect with her via Facebook under “Shay Boss Bond” or send email to: dellbond901@yahoo.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.

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Clinton, Mississippi entrepreneur Latisha Holmes Hannah’s business ventures steadily acquiring a national presence

Say this about Latisha Holmes Hannah: Because of the abundant life that Christ came to give us, she doesn’t believe that anyone should journey through life, harboring the dreaded spirit of mediocrity.

 “Each one of us were created with a purpose, and God did not create us to be mediocre,” said Hannah, when asked why it is imperative that we esteem and inspire others daily. “You are truly great when you are working within your purpose.”

NATIONAL IMPACT — A proud native of Jackson, Mississippi, Latisha Holmes Hannah widely known as the Founder and CEO of V&L Specialties, a nationally-acclaimed sales and marketing company that specializes in print, design and promotional products, just to name a few. Not only that, Hannah is the mastermind behind Combat Boots 2 Red Bottoms, a universally-acclaimed global networking community for women veterans as well as women who presently serve our country.

Much to Hannah’s delight and because of the divine calling on her life, she can bolding profess that she undoubtedly is functioning in the purpose for which God created her.

A proud native of Jackson, Mississippi, Hannah widely known as the Chief Executive Officer of V&L Specialties, a nationally-acclaimed sales and marketing company that specializes in print, design and promotional products, just to name a few.

“We are your one stop for all your business solutions needs,” Hannah told Making Headline News during an interview this week.           

Not only that, Hannah is the mastermind behind Combat Boots 2 Red Bottoms, a universally-acclaimed global networking community for women veterans as well as women who presently serve our country. 

MORE ON V&L SPECIALTIES: http://www.vlspecialties.com )

A proud alumna of the University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, Hannah is a retired Army veteran. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Capella University.

As it pertains to Combat Boots 2 Red Bottoms, Hannah emphasized that amongst her key objectives is to encourage women to create their own status in life and, most importantly, to appropriately prepare for life after the military.

In essence, Combat Boots 2 Red Bottoms’ primary goal is to provide support through pertinent information and other valuable resources, Hannah, an accomplished motivational speaker, said.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — A proud alumna of the University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, Hannah is a retired Army veteran. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Capella University.

“As an inspirational speaker, I hope my experiences and knowledge help unlock the inner greatness of others,” Hannah said. “God has planted a seed of purpose in all of us, and my message to help them recognize that, to motivate them to take the steps needed, and bring people together to help support them in that effort.”

As for V&L Specialties, Hannah’s business offers an assortment of promotional products to consumers nationwide, most notably marketing display items, printing, a strong web presence, even a strategic social event planning, among other entities.

“V & L Specialties has what you need,” said a spokesperson for the company at http://www.vlspecialties.com. “We provide the best products and services at great values in the convenience of one location.”

Which, by all accounts, is in alignment with Hannah’s notable mission as a thriving, progressive businesswoman.

“My personal mission is for V&L Specialties to be your one stop for all of your marketing in promotional needs,” said Hannah, whose business-related experience spans more than two decades while garnering a national presence. “My personal mission for Combat Boots 2 Red Bottoms is to be able to grow and provide funding for our members to help them in their ventures, provide conferences, retreats, a mentors program, and hard-to-access resources for our members.”

Interestingly, Hannah’s ventures cater to anyone across the country, she acknowledged.

MILITARY WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE — As it pertains to Combat Boots 2 Red Bottoms, Hannah emphasized that amongst her key objectives is to encourage women to create their own status in life and, most importantly, to appropriately prepare for life after the military.

“Everyone that wants to market their business or organization,” said Hannah, who also is a fixture for her husband’s Clinton, Mississippi-based ministry as well as two area non-profit organizations. “As for inspirational speaking, I cater to all age groups to inspire them.  I have a message for everyone.”

A distinctly unique, kingdom advancing message that is highlighted by esteeming and inspiring others daily with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“I want everyone to live a fulfilling and wonderful life, and when you truly get to know who you really are, it is a beautiful and amazing experience,” said Hannah, adding that she’s willing to expand her business ventures outside of the country. “You look at life differently.  It makes the highs even higher and the lows not so low.

“A mentor of mine told me, ‘Every day is a good day. Some days are just better than others.’ I want others to truly be successful and know they are not on their own in this journey. And every day, I’d want greatness for them no matter what the circumstances are.”

 

For more information about Businesswoman Latisha Holmes Hannah or to book her for an appearance, email her at: vlspecialties@yahoo.com. Also, connect with her via social media at: www.facebook.com/vlspecialties. In addition, she can be reached at: https://www.facebook.com/GreatnessUnlimited/ and at https://www.linkedin.com/in/latishah/

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.

 

 

Memphian Shelandra Ford boasts a huge home field advantage as she lobbies for her first political seat

MEMPHISShelandra Ford is a Memphian.

Born and raised to be technical.

A proud product of North Memphis — the same historic district that has witnessed countless of inner city individuals savor sustained success — Ford attended Shannon Elementary, Cypress Jr. High, and Frayser Kingsbury High Schools before enrolling at nearby Bethel University.

HER TIME IS NOW — A native Memphian and a longtime Shelby County Government employee, Shelandra Ford will be afforded the golden opportunity to add to her quest to assume Register of Deeds in the coming election May 1. The early voting period is from April 11-26.

“I have been here with the people of Shelby County throughout our struggle,” Ford, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said while recalling her upbringing in her native establishment.

For what it’s worth, Ford had deemed it essential somewhere along the way to demonstrate to the citizens of Memphis that she is destined to become an even greater ambassador for a city that is in dire need of change, particularly from a political standpoint.

“It is time to make a change,” Ford has said with such authority time and again on her Facebook page in recent weeks.

It is, by all accounts, because the Memphis-metropolitan area is longing for an array of favorable changes that Ford has announced her quest to assume the Shelby County Register of Deeds seat in the upcoming election.

“Hey, friends and family, I need your support,” Ford said in social media post last week. “I’m the only minority candidate for the Register of Deeds Office.”

If Ford is fortunate enough to attract a majority of the African-American votes when all of the area precincts report their final figures on May 1 (the official election date) then, chances are, she will emerge victorious after vying for her very first political seat on this, the first attempt for the Shelby County Democratic candidate.

The early voting period is from April 11-26.

“Claiming my office,” Ford wrote in a Facebook post just after midday CST on Tuesday.

FIRST PLACE, FIRST TIME — If Ford is fortunate enough to attract a majority of the African-American votes when all of the area precincts report their final figures on May 1 (the official election date) then, chances are, she will emerge victorious after vying for her very first political seat on her first attempt.

In her quest to claim Register of Deeds, she will undoubtedly need thousands of fellow Memphians to help steer her to victory by showing up in massive numbers at the polls in the coming weeks.

If nothing else, amongst the things on which Ford can surely hang her hat is that she’s armed with some much-needed home field advantage, of sorts, as Election Day 2018 looms.

For starters, Ford is currently a Principal Court Clerk for Shelby County Government Civil Court.

In addition, she’s responsible for allocating what is known as an even workflow, during which she customarily interacts with various department managers to ensure that work is completed efficiently and in a timely manner.

A Shelby County Government tenure that spans nearly two decades, Ford’s professional stint officially began on May 21, 1998, during which she served as a Clerical Specialist for the Shelby County Health Department.

LEAST SHE FORGET — Displayed is one of Ford’s favorite quotes, one that was uttered by iconic Civil Rights giant, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To her credit, Ford advanced and worked diligently in several departments for the government, most notably when she was appointed by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners to the Shelby County Unified Personnel Policy Committee as Employee Representative.

DONATE TO SHELANDRA FORD’S CAMPAIGN HERE: https://www.gofundme.com/shelandra-ford-register-of-deeds

AWWWWWW —- Ford’s beloved grandchildren.

Interestingly, Ford is the owner and chief executive officer of the Mid-South-area Creative Graphic Designs, Inc.

As for her quest to assume the Register of Deeds Office, Ford provided the citizens of Shelby County with a strategic, effective synopsis of her notable policies that will include, among other things:

  • Ensuring that any additional IT investments made by the taxpayers of Shelby County are well spent and that her Access for All initiative is her No. 1 priority.
  • Forming a community-based engagement task force that will appropriately explain in great detail the paperwork processes for the Registers Office
  • Working diligently with other Clerk Offices and community groups to ensure all fees are collected for the sole purposes of benefiting taxpayers and,
  • Ensuring that the Register’s Office Staff will have an advocate before the Board of Commissioners, particularly when it comes to wage increases, as well as a strong advocate for ensuring every customer of the Register’s Office is met with respect and treated with dignity.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED — Ford’s mother.

“Again, these are just a few things Ms. Shelandra Ford will implement upon being sworn in on Sept. 1,” a spokesperson for Ford’s campaign told Making Headline News.

Oh, and let’s not forget what Ford appropriately outlined as her assortment of “campaign goals,” which include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Being an advocate for the Shelby County community.
  • Building better communication between the Deeds Office and the people of Shelby County.
  • Creating new, innovative ideas to help educate, empower, and enliven the Shelby County community and,
  • Improving efficiency of database information and providing customer friendly options for filing private documents. 
CAST YOUR VOTE — All things considered, if things go her way during what is shaping up to be an intense campaign for this proud and beloved Memphian, many of Ford’s supporters believe she could very well deny all odds, thus emerge as the next Shelby County Register of Deeds.

All things considered, if things go her way during what is shaping up to be an intense campaign for this proud and beloved Memphian, many of Ford’s supporters believe she could very well deny all odds, thus emerge as the next Shelby County Register of Deeds.

“She’s truly a public servant,” said a spokesperson for Ford’s campaign.

A repetitive catchphrase that, to her credit, has been uttered by Shelby County Government for nearly the past two decades.

Which, fortunately for Ford as she lobbies for her first political seat, is just the kind of unyielding support she needs as she enters this jam-packed race with some much-needed homefield advantage.

Talk about a change for the better for a city she’s pleading to work together.

 

MEMPHIAN SHELANDRA FORD AT A GLIMPSE:

  • Principal Court Clerk with Shelby County General Sessions Civil Court
  • Shelby County Unified Personnel Policy Committee Employee Representative
  • Civil Service positions within Shelby County since 1998
  • “JUST SAY YES” Youth Empowerment Program
  • Owner of Creative Graphic Designs Inc.
  • Kingsbury High School Graduate
  • Bethel University (Class of Summer 2018)
  • Member of Christ In You Faith Temple

 

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.

 

 

Barack Obama Gala highlights three public appearances this week for political candidate Shelandra Ford

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the coming days, Making Headline News will release the official in-depth news feature story on Memphian Shelandra Ford, a Shelby County Democratic candidate for the Register of Deeds in the May election.

 

Just after 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, Shelandra Ford took to her Facebook, where she deemed it essential to enlighten her nearly 5,000 social media affiliates of some pertinent information.

Hey friends and family, I need your support,” Ford wrote in a post. “I’m the only minority candidate for the Register of Deeds Office!”

That Ford is lobbying for a political seat for the very first time, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s destined to go to great lengths to ensure that Mid-Southerners become acclimated with her name as well as how she could greatly benefit them in 2018 and beyond.

A native Memphian and a longtime Shelby County Government employee, Ford will be afforded the golden opportunity to add to her quest to assume Register of Deeds this week with three public appearances throughout the Memphis metropolitan area.

Her first of three appearances will take place on Thursday during the Coffee Hour With Democratic Women. The event, which will take place at 9 a.m. at 2625 Broad Avenue, will recognize the Democratic women who are making history in the May primary in Shelby County.

Then on Saturday, Ford is scheduled to make two public appearances during what undoubtedly is shaping up to be a busy campaign for this Mid-South-area businesswoman.

From 1 to 4 p. m. CST, Ford will join other candidates for a Meet And Greet involving local candidates who are running for County, State, and nationwide elections.

The event, which is powered by Tennessee Nurses Association District 1 and the League of Women Voters of Shelby County, will take place at the University of Memphis’ University Center Ballroom, during which the candidates will be introduced by WREG TV News Anchor Greg Hurst.

Later that evening, Ford will be on hand for the Third Annual Barack Obama Gala hosted by Shelby County Young Democrats.

Formerly called the Barack Obama Day Dinner, this event will take place from 6 to 10 p. m. CST at The Guest House at Graceland, located at 3600 Elvis Presley Boulevard.

A black-tie fundraising event that is geared toward honoring the inspirational legacy and professional contributions of Obama, the nation’s 44th President, the gala will be comprised of a formal dinner, during which guests are invited to enjoy an engaging presentation of honors to young political contributors and senior Democratic advisors.

The event will also have a keynote speaker and curated entertainment.

More than anything, Ford is hopeful that through these forthcoming public appearances, she acquires the essential exposure needed as she prepares to kick her campaign into high gear in the coming weeks.

“As a candidate for Shelby County 2018 election, I feel that it is necessary and also important to attend the meetings and greetings and also political forums in my area,” Ford told Making Headline News on Wednesday. “Because this would allow me the opportunity to deliver a political message and increase the visibility of other candidates as well as my opponents for the (upcoming) election.”

 

 

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.

 

Accomplished Mid-South businessman Oginga Carr: ‘It is my destiny to help 10,000 people achieve their dreams’

Earlier this week, Oginga Carr was asked why it is imperative that he esteem and inspire others daily.

To his credit, Carr fielded the question as if he expected it.

MAKING MAJOR STRIDES — Much to his delight, Oginga Carr has evolved as an efficient and resourceful businessman, most notably through Epiphany Consulting LLC, a Mid-South-area company that is widely regarded as an organizational structure venture that customarily helps with coaching and consulting for businesses and individuals so that they could appropriately find compliance and clarity.

“Without inspiration, there is no life,” Carr said during an interview with Making Headline News this week. “We need to be not only inspired, but edified.  When we edify one another we grow.  I really don’t care about your what or your why. I care about your how.  We help people find their how.”

Indeed he does.

Carr, in fact, has evolved mightily as an efficient and resourceful businessman, most notably through Epiphany Consulting LLC, a Mid-South-area company that is widely regarded as an organizational structure venture that customarily helps with coaching and consulting for businesses and individuals so that they could appropriately find compliance and clarity.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas who has been dubbed “One of America’s Top Trainers,” according to various media pundits in a detailed description of Carr’s venture at http://www.ogingacarr.com/, Carr doesn’t shy away from the notion that Epiphany Consulting is unique, in large part because human resources is something we all need.

“Our unique proposition is that we offer you help at developing structure in your organization and your life,” said Carr, whose immense entrepreneurship track record spans a little more than a decade. “Many times business owners are great at a skill, but aren’t very good at the business.”

NATIONAL PRESENCE — A native of Little Rock, Arkansas who has been dubbed “One of America’s Top Trainers,” according to various media pundits in a detailed description of Carr’s venture at http://www.ogingacarr.com/, Carr doesn’t shy away from the notion that Epiphany Consulting is unique, in large part because human resources is something we all need.

For what it’s worth, this is where Carr’s progressively effective business comes into play.

A proud of alum of Little Rock Parkview High School — where the former multi-sport athlete lettered in football, basketball, and baseball — Carr also is an accomplished author, a national seminar leader, as well as an organizational structure expert and consultant.

Interestingly, this Henderson State University graduate is armed with roughly 17 years of experience in sales, management, and Human Resources.

“His passion is in the dynamic of change…dealing with it, working through it, and preparing for it,” said a spokesperson in a detailed description of Carr and his venture at http://www.ogingacarr.com.

Not only that, Carr’s professional resume is solid and diverse, considering he has worked in the telecommunications, flooring, and print industries. For those reasons, he has been appropriately labeled a “serial entrepreneur,” of sorts.

Carr’s primary focuses are geared largely on productivity through structure and human capital development, and he has trained tens of thousands of HR professionals in approximately 49 U. S. states.

Which, much to his delight, is mostly befitting, considering Carr has even had a hand in functioning as a magazine publisher, radio and television show host, not to mention having assumed the role as executive director of a non-profit foundation, among other capacities.

Moreover, Carr’s primary focuses are geared largely on productivity through structure and human capital development, and he has trained tens of thousands of HR professionals in approximately 49 U. S. states.

CHECK OUT OGINGA CARR’S FORTHCOMING EVENTS HERE: www.idialive.com 

“My mission is to develop more clarity, content, and consistency in our lives,” Carr said. “If we are clear about our goals, then content of those goals are achievable and we can be consistent in our actions. We can be successful in our lives.”

REMARKABLE TRACK RECORD — Carr’s professional resume is especially diverse, considering he has worked in the telecommunications, flooring, and print industries. For those reasons, he has been appropriately labeled a “serial entrepreneur,” of sorts.

Carr credits the bulk of his success as a thriving businessman to his father, whom he said was undoubtedly one of the biggest inspirations in his life.

Though Carr’s father passed away in 2007, he acknowledged that “he lives with me every day in my actions. He believed that we are a family related by affinity, if not through consanguinity.”

“That means that people who are striving to achieve goals in life are related by their love and passion to improve, even if they are not related by blood,” Carr added. “I welcome all Dream Achievers to my family.”

There is, by all accounts, a valid reason for which Carr essentially has rolled out the figurative red carpet to those who aspire to connect with him.

LISTEN TO HIM — “Our unique proposition is that we offer you help at developing structure in your organization and your life,” said Carr, whose immense entrepreneurship track record spans a little more than a decade. “Many times business owners are great at a skill, but aren’t very good at the business.”

“We live by a hashtag, #teamcrushingit,” Carr said. “That means that we are crushing those obstacles that are in front of us.  We are getting to our goals faster than we thought we could.  We are crushing life.”

In the foreseeable future, Mid-Southerners — Memphians in particular — will be afforded the golden opportunity to learn more about Carr and Epiphany Consulting in a trio of informative events:

  • I Dream I Achieve: The Business Blueprint.  This event is geared toward developing the mindset and the business structure to succeed in business.  “It is the best business development conference in the Mid-South,” Carr said. “We develop events that are all about giving you the skills that you need to be great.”
  • DAD KNEW BEST — Though Carr’s father passed away in 2007, he acknowledged that “he lives with me every day in my actions. He believed that we are a family related by affinity, if not through consanguinity.”

    The Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp. “This event is all about accelerating those breakthroughs in your life,” Carr said. “In that event, we celebrated the rebirth of your dreams. How can we cultivate those dreams and be ready to be great?”

  • The Limitless Summit.  “This event is all about creating a limitless life and limitless business,” Carr explained. “What are the keys to living limitless?  We develop those there.”

Also, Carr announced that two new events are presently in the works: Limitless Summit in Fort Worth, Texas and the IDIA Mastermind Retreat in Mexico, where attendees will engage in a five-day experience, during which they will, as Carr said, make those quantum leaps in our lives.

“It is my destiny to help 10,000 people achieve their dreams in 2018,” Carr said. “We are helping people achieve those dreams through products, events, coaching, and consulting, and we are so happy about the outcomes.”

 

For more information about Mid-South-area businessman Oginga Carr, connect with him via social media under: “Oginga Carr.” Also, send email to: Oginga@ogingacarr.com

 

CHECK OUT THIS FOOTAGE OF OGINGA CARR:

 

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.

Memphis-area businessman Tony Jackson enjoying sustained success on Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape.

MEMPHIS — For a young businessman, Tony Jackson has quickly made a monumental impact on the Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape.

Mid-South-area Businessman Tony Jackson

Credit his immeasurable, thinking-outside-the-box temperament as the No. 1 reason why.

A native of Memphis, Jackson’s business-related track record is such that he’s been nothing short of brilliant, most notably as a managing member for Mobile2UTech, which is powered by Arlington Computers, LLC.

“We have just changed the name to Mobile2UTech to ensure customers that we service all of the Mid-South and not just Arlington,” Jackson told Making Headline News during an interview this week.

Mobile2UTech has two drop-off locations in the Memphis-metropolitan area: 12029 Mott Street in Arlington and 4717 Poplar Avenue at Cartridge World. 

TEN-NES-SEE HIS MAJOR MOVES — A native of Memphis, Tony Jackson’s business-related track record is such that he’s been nothing short of brilliant, most notably as managing member for Mobile2UTech, which is powered by Arlington Computers, LLC.

A business that went into operations in 2005, Mobile2UTech is widely known for operating in the ever-so-competitive computer and software stores industry, particularly within the equipment store sector.

For Jackson, 34, a 2002 graduate of Raleigh Egypt High, he brings a wealth of experience to Mobile2UTech, in large part because of his solid entrepreneurship background.

A business that went into operations in 2005, Mobile2UTech is widely known for operating in the ever-so-competitive computer and software stores industry, particularly within the home furniture, furnishings, and equipment stores sector.

During the infancy stages of his career, for instance, Jackson acquired what he labels his “initial bug for entrepreneurship” from longtime Mid-South-area restaurant owner David Sharek, for whom Jackson once worked.

“He taught me leadership and customer service,” Jackson said of his notable connection with Sharek. “David also helped me make gains at an early age in the stock market.”

So much, in fact, that the restaurant owner aided Jackson mightily in that this young businessman had ultimately found himself on the good right end of Google stock at approximately $250 per share, he recalled.

“Once I saw earnings roll in, I needed the ability to invest by volume,” Jackson said. “And the quickest way to earn dollars was business ownership.”

For what it’s worth, one favorable connection for Jackson had eventually given way to another.

And another one.

And another one.

And…well, you get the point.

MUCH NEEDED TIP-IN — During the infancy stages of his career, Jackson acquired what he labels his “initial bug for entrepreneurship” from longtime Mid-South-area restaurant owner David Sharek, whom Jackson once worked for.

“Now, as far as computers in general, I attribute those dealings to Janet Blue, who was at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Memphis (or TCAT). Kevin Woods told me the importance of buckling down and getting certified. The original owner was Mike McDonald. Shay Berthelson was the guy who introduced me to Mike,” Jackson explained.

Such pivotal connections had ultimately given way to Jackson being offered ownership approximately one year since becoming affiliated with Arlington-based  business, a development that eventually led to yet another golden opportunity when Jackson bought out McDonald’s interest at 100 percent in 2013, thus becoming the sole owner.

AWWWWWW — Aside from his remarkable connections, Jackson credits a majority of his success to Monica Jackson, his wife of 11 years. The couple has two children: their son, Brennan, and daughter, Bailey.

“My personal mission is just to be valued,” Jackson said of his sustained entrepreneurship success. “I love the feeling of helping someone in their time of need.”

Because after all, reaching back and helping others isn’t just the moral thing to do. More than anything, it’s priceless, Jackson hinted.

“I say often that success to me is not money,” Jackson said. “Success to me is to be valued by everyone I come in contact with. Therefore I am successful.”

After graduating from Raleigh Egypt, Jackson advanced his education at nearby Tennessee College Of Applied Technology, a development that, much to his delight, led to him being thrust amongst Emerging Leaders of Memphis, during which he received Comp Tia Certifications from New Horizons.

For Jackson, 34, a 2002 graduate of Raleigh Egypt High, he brings a wealth of experience to Mobile2UTech, in large part because of his solid entrepreneurship background.

Aside from his remarkable connections, he credits a majority of his success to Monica Jackson, his wife of 11 years. The couple has two children: their son, Brennan, and daughter, Bailey.

Interestingly, Jackson has become an ambassador throughout the Mid-South business-related landscape.

He has shared of his success during a host of entrepreneurship summits and classes, most notably Rise Foundation at National College of Business and Technology, Southwest Tennessee Community College, and SEED CO Entrepreneurship, among others.

In addition, his valiant contributions to aspiring entrepreneurs have given way to wave of media attention for Jackson whom, given the strides he’s made in recent years, it’s safe to assume that he’s just starting to warm up on this, the Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape.

“I think it’s imperative that I inspire others, because I feel that everyone deserves their shot at greatness,” Jackson said. “You will achieve whatever you say you will. You just have to keep at it. I also feel that we are called by God to be a light to everyone. And just maybe someone will see Christ through me by my actions, and seek Him for all their answers in life.”

Spoken like a thriving, progressive, humble young businessman, one who has quickly made a monumental impact on the Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape.

Credit his immeasurable, thinking-outside-the-box temperament as the No. 1 reason why.

 

For more information about Mid-South-area Businessman Tony Jackson, call 901-867-9262. Also, connect with him via social media at: Instagram: @arlingtoncomputersgeneral and Twitter: @Arlingtoncompu1

 Arlington Computers/Mobile2Utech
Computer Repair Service
12029 Mott Street, Arlington, Tennessee 38002

 

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.

 

Mid-South businesswoman Yolanda Morris recalls father’s legacy through his 50-plus years as owner of historic Memphis landmark

Just before 4 o’clock Thursday evening, Yolanda Morris took to her social media page and staged a rather thought-provoking Biblical passage.

Said Morris via Facebook in a post that was accompanied by Philippians 4:8:

PIECE OF MEMPHIS HISTORY — Memphian Yolanda Morris served for years as the sssignment manager for Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli, a tradition-rich and beloved Memphis-based business her father, the late Laddie Morris, Jr., had owned for more than five decades until his death last year.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -think about such things.

By and large, credit Morris, a Mid-South-area businesswoman, for deeming it essential to share before the masses an awe-inspiring, yet familiar passage.

“I love meeting people and serving people,” Morris told Making Headline News during an interview this week.

That to which Morris is alluding is during her tenure as assignment manager for Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli, a tradition-rich and beloved Memphis-based business her father, the late Laddie Morris, Jr., had owned for more than five decades until his death last year.

A business that was located at 10601 Macon Road in the heart of Northeast Memphis, Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli was a fixture for years and, given the reactions to Morris’ social media posts, it’s safe to assume that many Memphians miss this establishment.

A business that was located at 10601 Macon Road in the heart of Northeast Memphis, Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli was a fixture for years and, given the reactions of Morris’ social media posts, it’s safe to assume that many Memphians miss this establishment.

“Miss this (place) so much,” Mid-Southerner Beth McFarlin said of Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli via Facebook. “Classic landmark with the kindest people and the best BBQ.”

Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli opened in 1967, approximately a year prior to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in downtown Memphis.

The business effectively ceased operations in March 2017 following the death of Morris’ brother.

LEAST THEY FORGET — All things considered, Morris and her family are steadfastly clinging to an array of fond memories by way of their father’s legacy and the business he built and shared with so many others for more than five decades.

“My (dad’s) son passed in March and, because of his death, my dad decided to close,” said Morris, whose father passed away at the age of 73 five months later.

All things considered, Morris and her family are steadfastly clinging to an array of fond memories by way of their father’s legacy and the business he built and shared with so many others — near and far for more than five decades strong.

LASTING IMPRESSION — Much to Morris’ delight, people are still talking out the historic Bluff City landmark that was once Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli.

“Word of mouth had gotten people from everywhere to come and eat with us,” Morris said. “From Nashville to Detroit.  From Detroit to Denver. When you taste (our food), you’d talk about it.”

Much to Morris’ delight, people are still talking out the historic Bluff City landmark that was once Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli.

“My dad began this business 50 years ago to bring more money into the home, to take the best care of the house with his wife, Kathryn, and four children: Toney, Yolanda, Wanda, and Jacqueline.”

 

 

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.

 

 

Memphian Yolanda R. Kight exemplifies a ‘servant’s heart’ approach as she lobbies for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge post

DECISION 2018: MAKING HEADLINE NEWS IN-DEPTH FEATURE ON YOLANDA ROCHELLE KIGHT

 

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV)

 

To grasp a thorough concept of Yolanda R. Kight is one who can be appropriately described as a true survivor of arguably some of life’s greatest hurdles, pause for a moment, if you will, and become enlighten about her assortment of personal testimonies.

“There have been many forces working against me to undermine where God has been taking me,” Kight said during an exclusive weekend interview with Making Headline News.

For the record, it all started somewhere in inner city Memphis — North Memphis to technical — where Kight was born to an unwed teenage mother and resided with her grandmother.

“We called her ‘mama’ because most of our mothers in my family were young and our grandmother was like our mama,” Kight recalled.

LEADING BY AN EXAMPLE OF EXCELLENCE — If things go her way on the campaign trail in the coming months, Yolanda R. Kight, a native Memphian will assume yet another commendable label to go along with the true survivor one. A proud graduate of Memphis Hamilton High, Kight, 47, is a candidate for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge, Division 9, a political post she’s hoping to win following her previous unsuccessful, nail-biting loss in her quest for Shelby County Clerk. Pictured with Kight are her three daughters: Ariyana, Arielle, and Ania.

All things considered, Kight, like many of her peers, was a typical youngster who was destined to make the most out of life in the inner city, often jumping a fence during the summer months for free lunch at nearby Lester Community Center, routinely engaging in a variety of childhood neighborhood activities before the street lights caught her.

Still, even while diligently staying in a child’s place while being raised in a Christian environment where attending church was mandatory, it seemed that various forms of challenges had arose and thrust Kight in harm’s way, a trend by which she didn’t merely deserve, much less warrant.

So how to explain and make sense of why Kight was victimized by sexual assault and molestation as a minor by multiple men, not to mention having endured an abusive relationship, all while functioning as a single parent to three young girls as a law school student who was armed with so much promise?

ON ONE AKA ACCORD — After enrolling at the historic Clark Atlanta University, where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in Fall 1989, Kight transferred to LeMoyne-Owen College, where she eventually earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Management.

To acquire a somewhat full understanding, try becoming empowered of how she has managed to blossom into the true survivor for which she is widely known.

“I didn’t come from a family of people who had gone to college or had obtained great fortune or success,” Kight explained. “But I was blessed to have friend who I met in junior high school whose family instilled in her to seek higher education and so I basically followed what she did.”

Much to her delight, Kight steadfastly stuck with that junior high school confidant in such a way that, to her credit, she not only has enjoyed sustained success through education, but she’s made a name for herself in the process.

REMEMBER HER NAME — Much to her delight, Kight steadfastly stuck with that junior high school friend in such a way that, to her credit, she not only has enjoyed sustained success through education, but she’s made a name for herself in the process.

And, if things go her way on the campaign trail in the coming months, Kight, a native Memphian will ceremoniously assume yet another commendable label to go along with the true survivor one.

A proud graduate of Memphis Hamilton High, Kight, 47, is a candidate for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge, Division 9, a political post she’s hoping to win following her previous unsuccessful, nail-biting loss in her quest for Shelby County Clerk.

Early voting begins July 13 and ends July 28. The general election is August 2.

THROWBACK MEMPHIS — All things considered Kight, like many of her peers, was a typical youngster who was destined to make the most of life in the inner city, often jumping a neighborhood fence during the summer months for free lunch at nearby Lester Community Center.

For Kight, that she is vying for Circuit Court Judge is especially ideal for a time such as now, in large part because of the wealth of experience she’s garnered in her current position as a Magistrate Judge.

Amongst Kight’s notable responsibilities is overseeing cases centered on dealing mostly with domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking, drugs, and other criminal matters.

“In this position, it has become even more transparent than before that we have issues with justice in our legal system,” Kight said.

Interestingly, Kight said long before she sensed she would delve off into the political arena, she was birthed with the notable vision of becoming a driving force in the community as a way to make it a better place for “my children and grandson.” she emphasized.

“Even before running for office, I began doing things in my practice to restore hope and reconciliation to those persons I touched in my practice,” Kight said.

Now, she stressed, is the appropriate time to take her servant’s heart approach outside of her credible practice.

What better place to take it than to Shelby County Circuit Court, Division 9?

“I never had the sense that I wanted to necessarily run for office, though I had one person to tell me that God told them that my grace was in politics, and other persons prophesied that I would hold certain political positions,” Kight said.

For what it’s worth, she certainly possesses the educational credentials to run for such a commendable political seat.

Kight was raised in a single-parent home in the inner city by her mother, June Kight.

After enrolling at the historic Clark Atlanta University, where she became a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in Fall 1989, Kight transferred to LeMoyne-Owen College, where she eventually earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Management.

In addition, she acquired a Legal Assistant Certificate in Paralegal Studies from University College at the University of Memphis, during which she was named Most Outstanding Paralegal.

Interesting, in 1998, Kight had the opportunity to meet prominent Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, who presently serves as a Federal Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

According to Kight, it was Donald who encouraged her mightily to broaden her horizon in the judicial industry, a development that had ultimately inspired her to earn a law degree from University of Memphis’ historic Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law just four years later.

The rest, as they say, was history.

BUILDING A LASTING LEGACY — Interestingly, in 1998, Kight had the opportunity to meet prominent Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, who presently serves as a Federal Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. According to Kight, it was Donald who encouraged her to broaden her horizon in the law/judicial industry, a development that had ultimately inspired her to earn a law degree from University of Memphis’ historic Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law just four years later. Pictured with Kight is her grandson, Micah-Donovan, whom she customarily deems her “Pooh Bear.”

“It wasn’t until I had my children and the idea that (other lives) now relied on me to make everything okay that the notion that ‘Failure was not an option’ took hold and I was determined to make life better for them,” Kight, who’s currently pursing a degree from Memphis Theological Seminary. “That determination to make life better for them, undergirded with the faith I learned through my mother who found God and made sure that we got to know God by attending church, Sunday school, vacation bible school, etc., is what helped me to keep going despite feeling like giving up sometimes feeling overwhelmed.”

Given the immeasurable strides she’s made — particularly from those days of growing up in the inner city, to jumping fences for free lunch, to conquering being molested and physically abused, to achieving educational excellence — Kight is especially hopeful that the citizens of Shelby County will take into account her servant’s heart approach when they take to the polls in the foreseeable future.

“A win for Yolanda Rochelle Kight is a win for the citizens of Shelby County,” Kight said. “And it will represent a shift in this community toward a community that is concerned about the needs of all members of this community by ensuring that all members of our community are afforded justice that is not based on race, socio-economic background, or status.”

 

A MAKING HEADLINE NEWS “DID YOU KNOW?”

Did you know that Memphian Yolanda R. Kight is involved in a variety of community-based organizations, most notably:

The Northwest Shelby County Rotary Club

A lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women and,

The Co-Program Chair of Precious Pearls of Frayser?

 

 

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.