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Lewisville High football standout Tahj Martin: ‘It is a dream for me to play college football’

LEWISVILLE, Texas — Tahj Martin is just a tender 15-year-old student athlete.

A great, big gigantic one, that is.

Consider, for instance, Martin’s massive frame that is comprised of his standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 261 pounds which, to his credit, is practically equivalent of an NFL lineup.


FRESHMAN SENSATION

UNDER THE RADAR — Assuming roles on both sides of the ball as a left tackle and defensive end for Lewisville coach Michael Odle’s squad, Tahj Martin enjoyed a significant amount of action this past season for the Farmers as his stock amongst college scouts and recruiters increased mightily in the process.

Speaking of the NFL, Martin doesn’t shy away from the notion that playing football on Sundays undoubtedly is amongst his major long-term ambitions.

But first thing’s first: blossoming as a rising prep footballer.

“I am a hard working athlete, who has come from very humble surroundings,” Martin told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “I am a magnet and people gravitate to me, because of my winning personality and attitude.”

A triumphant mentality certainly highlights Martin’s assortment of key attributes as a true freshman for Lewisville (Texas) High’s football team.

 

STOCK IS RISING — With so much high school football ahead of him, Martin has already garnered interests from Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.

Martin, in fact, is coming off of a productive and breakthrough season for an upstart Lewisville team that finished the 2018 campaign with a 9-3 mark, including an impressive 6-1 record in 6A Region I District 6, second only to conference rival Flower Mound.

Assuming roles on both sides of the ball as a left tackle and defensive end for coach Michael Odle’s squad, Martin enjoyed a significant amount of action for the Farmers as his stock amongst college scouts and recruiters increased mightily in the process.

No one, it seems, can attest to his notion more than his father, Geoffrey Grant Martin, who’s thoroughly convinced that his son is making a strong case that his prep football career will culminate with him signing a National Letter of Intent.

TEXAS-SIZED IMPACT — Martin is coming off of a productive and breakthrough season for an upstart Lewisville team that finished the 2018 campaign with a 9-3 mark, including an impressive 6-1 record in 6A Region I District 6, second only to conference rival Flower Mound.

“Tahj has grown tremendously both on the field and off,” Geoffrey Grant said. “He’s gained a level of confidence and passion for not only his role on the team, but for the entire team itself, all while maintaining his grades academically.”

All things considered, Martin’s favorable display as a true freshmen for the Farmers has, in fact, given way to a few college scouts deeming it essential to thrust him under their radar.

With so much high school football ahead of him, Martin has already garnered interests from Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — Martin’s massive frame that is comprised of his standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 261 pounds which, to his credit, is practically equivalent of an NFL lineup.

Given the immeasurable impact he’s had thus far in his prep career, expect that list to expand much sooner than later.

“It is a dream for me (to play college football), because I am made and built for the sport of football,” Martin said. “I know that all the years I have been playing will pay off and a college scholarship would be the ultimate satisfaction of all.”

Although he did not attend any camps this past summer because of unforeseen circumstances, Martin was especially active, particularly as it relates to conditioning regularly and monitoring his weight.

“(I would typically workout) Monday and Wednesday mornings and in the afternoons, (and would take part in) cardio training on Saturdays and Sundays,” Martin said. “I also work on healthy eating habits that include making smoothies and protein snacks to build a strong muscle mass.”

DON’T LEAVE ME HANGING — A triumphant mentality certainly highlights Martin’s assortment of key attributes as a true freshman for Lewisville High’s football team.

Despite his overall body of work on and off the field, coupled with the impressive resume he’s established to this point, Martin also doesn’t shy away from the notion that no one has to persuade him not to hit the cruise control button at this point.

Not with so much prep football ahead of him.


“I performed exceptionally well (during the 2018 season), but I still have more work to do. I’ve got to work more on dropping into coverage. I have to work on that. My speed needs to improve, but with growth, I know I will get faster.” — Lewisville freshman Tahj Martin


WAITING HIS TURN — All things considered, Martin’s favorable display a true underclassmen for the Farmers has, in fact, given way to a few college scouts deeming it essential to thrust him under their radar.

A pretty wise and thorough assessment, this coming from a tender 15-year-old student athlete.

A great, big gigantic one, that is.

One whose short list of interested colleges undoubtedly is expected to expand much sooner than later.

So stay tuned.


For more information about Lewisville (Texas) High School football standout Tahj Gabriel Martin, connect with him via social media at:

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Dallas/Fort Worth businesswoman Thenetia Wallace’s Healthy Weight Loss Coffee venture enjoying sustained success

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 KJV)


DALLAS — The very moment that Thenetia Wallace put God first, all of the other things were added.

Good things, that is.

Consider, for instance, how Wallace, a young, thriving, progressive Texas businesswoman, has working diligently to move up the ranks of entrepreneurship in recent years.

TEXAS-SIZED IMPACT — A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Dallas/Fort Worth-area businesswoman Thenetia Wallace has become a fixture as saleswoman in the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee venture, whereby she’s responsible for changing lives by sharing the company’s feature product — which is the healthy weight loss coffee — as well as other products, many of which help people rid themselves of their medications.

All butterflies and nervousness aside, the very moment Wallace had deemed it essential to put God first in her lofty endeavors, an assortment of things began to work out in her favor.

“I was shy and didn’t have any confidence in myself,” Wallace, during a weekend interview with Making Headline News, said, explaining in great detail the memorable events that gave way to her delving off into entrepreneurship. “But when I start stepping out on faith and surrounding myself with people who are positive and putting God first, then (I discovered that) anything is possible.”

She got that right. And to her distinctly unique credit, Wallace as gone to great lengths to not just put God first, but she’s steadfastly stayed true to herself, particularly as young businesswoman who boast lofty aspirations of functioning mightily in her element in the process.

GOTTA TRY THIS STUFF — Interesting, the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee has proven to be extremely efficient and therapeutic in that is has been known to help parents with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD and other challenges, Wallace said.

A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Wallace has become a fixture as saleswoman in the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee venture, whereby she’s responsible for changing lives by sharing the company’s feature product — which is the healthy weight loss coffee — as well as other products, many of which help people rid themselves of their medications.

Interesting, the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee has proven to be extremely efficient and therapeutic in that is has been known to help parents with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD and other challenges, Wallace said.

“My target audience are adults and children, or people who need to lose weight, looking to get healthy, children with ADHD and ADD, arthritis, inflammation, gout, diabetics, pre-diabetics, and cholesterol issues…not making any medical claims however our products have assist people with these conditions,” Wallace said. “We work as a team, and I get to help others achieve their weight loss goals and their financial goals.”

A 2005 graduate from Sunrise Christian Academy who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Management form Wichita State University, Wallace has made tremendous strides since joining the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee’s internationally-acclaimed team.

SHOCKING THE WORLD — A 2005 graduate from Sunrise Christian Academy who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Management form Wichita State University, Wallace has made tremendous strides since joining the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee’s internationally-acclaimed team.

“The company is seven years old,” said Wallace, who is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. “However, I’ve (promoted my products in) Dallas, Houston, and Wichita, and looking to open the markets across the United States.”

Much to her delight, Wallace has a host of business-minded individuals to thank for helping her to achieve her entrepreneurship success.

“My best friend, Chase West, who inspires me and encourages me,” Wallace said. “(Also) Tom Bowman, Amy Laffite, Denae Chandler and the whole Dallas/Ft. Worth team has helped me reach my goals in this industry. It has been a journey in the direct sells business like I mentioned.”

Given the continuous strides she made, it’s safe to assume that Wallace has found her niche in her selected venture.


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SOLID SUPPORTING CAST — Much to her delight, Wallace has a host of business-minded individuals to thank for helping her to achieve her entrepreneurship success.

 “This is my tenth direct sells company, which I made no money and didn’t receive support from the other companies I was with,” said Wallace, who joined Healthy Weight Loss Coffee in June 2018. “I think people need that reminder that they can always accomplish their goals by putting God first and taken action.”

Because after all, the very moment Wallace put God first, all of the other things were added.

Good things, that is.

“It’s important for me to inspire others, because people always need some form of encouragement,” Wallace said. “I think people need that reminder that they can always accomplish their goals by putting God first and taken action.”

Just like she did.


For more information Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Thenetia Wallace, or to inquire about Healthy Weight Loss connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/thenetia.wallace. Also, send email to: thenetiawallace@gmail.com.

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Ex-spouse of NFL player, author Angela Marshall’s autobiography inspiring others to ‘get in the game of life’

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Every so often, Angela Marshall fields the question as if she expected it.

“After being asked numerous times about the supposed lifestyle of the rich and famous, I decided to pen my truth about reality, rags, and riches,” Marshall said.

During a recent interview with Making Headline News, Marshall, an Augusta, Georgia-based author and former wife of a professional athlete, spoke at length about her assortment of experiences as a devoted spouse to a wealthy NFL player in her latest book entitled, “The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife: Reality To Rags To Riches.” Reality To Rags To Riches: The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife.”

GAME CHANGER — During a recent interview with Making Headline News, Angela Marshall, an Augusta, Georgia-based author and former wife of a professional athlete, spoke at length about her assortment of experiences as a devoted spouse to a wealthy NFL player in her latest book entitled, “The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife: Reality To Rags To Riches.” Reality To Rags To Riches: The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife.”

A book that was officially released in November 2017, Marshall’s autobiography depicts what she appropriately describes as “this football life,” a life-changing trend that had afforded her extraordinary opportunities, exposure to life’s options, and blessings untold, according to a detail breakdown of her book at Amazon.com.

As Marshall vividly explained, such a unique life had filled what she has dubbed her “personal playbook,” one that was accompanied by the wisdom to call what she refers to as “an audible, pass, run,” even a proverbial “go for the two-point conversion as I lived each day,” she explained.

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FIRST QUARTER — A book that was officially released in November 2017, Marshall’s autobiography depicts what she appropriately describes as “this football life,” a life-changing trend that had afforded her extraordinary opportunities, exposure to life’s options, and blessings untold, according to a detail breakdown of her book at Amazon.com.

“Yes, I observed the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat from the stands and sidelines,” Marshall continued while sharing a synopsis of latest book. “Most importantly, I beheld strength, courage and purpose. And those qualities molded me into the person I am today. I got off the bench after merely existing and got into the game of living.”

A book Marshall began composing sometime in October 2016, this accomplished writer needed just shy of a year to complete an informative written document she says is a thorough perspective of how she felt while living what she describes as a “life of lack,” particularly through the public’s thought whereby she was, by all accounts, living a life of lavish.

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PERSONAL SUPER BOWL — As Marshall vividly explained, such a unique life had filled what she has dubbed her “personal playbook,” one that was accompanied by the wisdom to call what she refers to as “an audible, pass, run,” even a proverbial “go for the two-point conversion as I lived each day,” she explained.

While some of the immediate feedback has been favorable, Marshall also acquired her share of backlash since the release of her second book.

“A handful of people have criticized me, saying I am exploiting my ex-husband’s former pro-career to make money,” said Marshall who, in November 2016, made her authorship debut with the release of Lust, Lessons, Love and Life. “A few had no idea that I was suffering in silence during that period in my life, and others have said they still want money, fame, and the experience.”

Despite the array of mixed reactions surrounding her latest book, Marshall doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s undoubtedly fulfilling her divine purpose through a newly-erected project, one that is accompanied by God’s endorsement.

After all, if God said it, that settles it.

“The Biblical scripture says that tables are prepared for us,” Marshall said. “I’m exhorting folks to feast daily from the tables of promises, potential, power, and prosperity from God. Also, to get off the bench and get in the game of life.

“Without giving too many details from the book, I had quite a few lessons that I needed to learn as well as continue growing through my struggles to strength,” Marshall continued. “Being able to tell my truth has and is setting myself and others free.”

FIRST AND 10 — A book Marshall began composing sometime in October 2016, this accomplished writer needed just shy of a year to complete an informative written document she says is a thorough perspective of how she felt while living what she describes as a “life of lack,” particularly through the public’s thought whereby she was, by all accounts, living a life of lavish.

Having announced that other books are forthcoming, Marshall describes her itinerary as mostly steady, thanks in large part to what she labels her “transparent platform” about her life.

“I have speaking opportunities or have author appearances at least three times a month for various businesses and organizations,” Marshall said.

In all likelihood, the possibility exist that more opportunities to share of and promote her book could very well come to fruition, especially considering the 2018 NFL season officially begins in the coming days.

Said Marshall: “Life has taken me on a journey, which took three major turns, each leading to a road of exploration and discovery, each crafting me into the person who would become skillful at using life’s compass in navigating new directions and negotiating what’s best for me:

IN THE RED ZONE — Having announced that other books are forthcoming, Marshall describes her itinerary as mostly steady, thanks in large part to what she labels her “transparent platform” about her life.

Reality is a place that forced me to face life early on as is. The seeds planted during that period are directly responsible for my growth. All of my core values were established. No matter how far I strayed, the experiences throughout that time, prepared me for rags and riches.

Rags taught me humility, agility and possibility. I learned to be grateful when I am served, but more importantly, to be willing to serve others. The events during this period instilled fearless faith that grounded me and prepared me for true Riches.

AFTER FURTHER REVIEW — In all likelihood, the possibility exist that more opportunities to share of and promote her book could very well come to fruition, especially considering the 2018 NFL season officially begins in the coming days.

Riches are not about what, it’s about whom. For me, that means family, friends and moments. They are true riches, which are irreplaceable. If I can replace it, it is not a true treasure.”

Well said by this brilliantly gifted author, fielding the question as if she expected it.

Once again.

For more information about Augusta, Georgia-based Author Angela Marshall, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media under: Facebook: www.facebook.com/ wisewordswoman; Instagram: www.instagram.com/inotherwordsbystone; Twitter: www.twitter.com/wordsbystone.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And after it she went.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. looking to add Slam Dunk champion to his banner rookie season

DALLAS — Approximately 90 minutes prior to the Dallas Mavericks’ final game before the All-Star break on Tuesday, Mavs point guard Dennis Smith Jr. sat in front of his locker, trying all he could to keep from basking in the glory of the moment.

Too late.

AIR DALLAS — Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will compete in the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest as part the NBA All-Star festivities Saturday Night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday. The former North Carolina State star is the third player in Mavs history to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest. (Photo by Lecka/Getty Images North America)

That’s because Dallas’ prized rookie was a couple of days away from showcasing his skills on the NBA’s most celebrated and star-studded stage.

A former North Carolina State star, Smith Jr. will compete in the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest as part the NBA All-Star Game festivities Saturday Night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.

An event that will precede the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and the JBL Three-Point Contest, Smith Jr. is the third player in Mavs history to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest, joining Tony Dumas and Michael Finley.

Finley, who played for Dallas from 1996-2005, finished third at the event held in Cleveland in 1997. Dumas, whose four NBA seasons were spent mostly with Dallas from 1994 to 1996, failed to advance past the first round of the 1995 competition held in Phoenix.

The 67th Annual All-Star Game is Sunday at 7 p.m. CST on TNT and will feature Team Stephen versus Team LeBron.

For the 20-year-old Smith Jr., whose 48-inch vertical leap during a pre-draft workout with the Los Angeles Lakers last summer reportedly tied an NBA record, if things go his way Saturday night, the possibility exist that he will emerge as the Slam Dunk champion.

According to odds makers, while labeling this year’s competition as an open race, they predict the winner of this year’s event will likely come to down to Smith Jr. and newly-acquired Cleveland power forward Larry Nance Jr., with the 6-foot-3 Smith edging out Nance in the finals.

Joining Smith Jr. in the Slam Dunk competition are fellow rookie Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, the field’s only All-Star, and Nance Jr., a second-generation dunk contest participant, whose father won the contest in 1984.

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said that Smith Jr. appearing on the league’s grandest stage this weekend for the All-Star festivities is testament of the solid work he’s put it prior to entering the NBA as the No. 9 overall pick last June.

“I’m humbled by it,” Smith Jr., during an interview with Making Headline News, said of being selected to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest. “It’s a blessing to be there. You know, you work hard and dream about things like that and, finally, it’s a great honor for me. It’s a blessing.”

Though Mavs coach Rick Carlisle earlier this week was complementary of his star rookie being selected for a chance to become the first slam dunk champion in team history, he also took the time to pass along to the team’s second-leading scorer some pertinent advice that was comprised of just two words.

“Be safe,” Carlisle said.

Aside from joining arguably the NBA’s finest players this weekend in Los Angeles, where he will also compete for the U.S. Team in the Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars game Friday night, Smith Jr. described participating in the Slam Dunk Contest as a “dream come true,” considering he’s spent years watching YouTube footage of Michael Jordan and a host of other electrifying dunkers.

“I like Vince (Sacramento Kings veteran Carter), T-Mac (Tracy McGrady), Jordan,” Smith Jr. said. “You know, there’s a couple of others…Steve Francis. And Penny (Hardaway). That’s my dawg, but I’m not going to throw him in (on the list).”

According to odds makers, while labeling this year’s competition as an open race, they predict the winner of this year’s event will likely come to down to Smith Jr. and newly-acquired Cleveland power forward Larry Nance Jr., with the 6-foot-3 Smith Jr. edging out Nance in the finals. (Photo courtesy of Bleacher Report)

For what it’s worth, Carlisle said that Smith Jr. appearing on the league’s grandest stage this weekend is a testament of the solid work he’s put in prior to entering the NBA as the No. 9 overall pick last June.

“I want him to learn from it,” Carlisle said. “He’s hard to guard and he gets his teammates involved. You know, I love the way he’s being an aggressive scorer with the awareness of putting his teammates in position to score. From the perspective of how he understood the game even before coming to the NBA to where he is now, you know, he’s made tremendous strides there.”

If things go his way Saturday night, the Mavs’ prized newcomer will add yet another notable accolade to what is already a memorable rookie campaign.

What: Verizon Slam Dunk
When: Saturday, Feb. 17 | 8 p.m. ET  (3rd Event)
TV: TNT 
Where: STAPLES Center

 

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

Dallas/Fort Worth business couple Carlton and Kim Horne taking professional massage therapy to a whole new level

DEFYING ALL ODDS — Carlton and Dr. Kim Horne are co-owners Art of Touch Massage Therapy Clinic in Mesquite. All things considered, Dr. Horne, with the unyielding support of her husband, had spent the ensuing four years composing and compiling research, even having gone as far as to publish a dissertation over female entrepreneurship and self-efficacy.

MESQUITE, TexasDr. Kimberly Horne was downright frustrated.

She was for quite a while, too.

Little did she know, however, such frustration was a setup for a God-orchestrated supernatural blessing, of sorts.

During a weekend interview with Making Headline News, Dr. Horne — whom, along with her husband, Carlton Horne, is co-owner of Art of Touch Massage Therapy Clinic in Mesquite — spoke at length about her decade-long tenure as an independent contractor for Massage Envy during which she endured a slew of obstacles and hurdles about which she had to clear.

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“The frustration started to settle in when I would get repeated professional athletes coming to see me for deep tissue massage,” Horne, 41, explained. “I wasn’t fully able to craft their massage session and do my own techniques that I learned from my domestic and international travels.”

All things considered, Dr. Horne, with the unyielding support of her husband, had spent the ensuing four years composing and compiling research, even going as far as to publish a dissertation over female entrepreneurship and self-efficacy.

“I felt compelled to establish my own massage practice,” Dr. Horne said.

The rest, as they say, was history.

FAMILY FOCUS — Armed with more than a 15 years of experience in the massage therapy industry, the Hornes are especially grateful and humble of the notion that their credible business venture not only was birthed by of them having to overcome and conquer a slew of business-related challenges but, most of all, their business consequently has allowed them to put their entrepreneurial gifts on display outside of the United States.

The Hornes’ long-awaited dream would ultimately become a celebratory reality, considering this couple joined forces and established Art of Touch Massage Therapy Clinic in the greater outskirts of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Located at 909 E Davis Street in nearby Mesquite, Art of Touch Massage Therapy Clinic is widely known throughout the Metroplex for greatly aiding its clients to rediscover their sense of well-being, courtesy of personalized therapies that nurture both body and mind.

During their sessions, in fact, clients routinely are afforded the golden opportunity to enjoy a professional therapeutic experience that will, in turn, allow them to achieve calm, relaxation and peace inside and out, according to a detailed description of this business establishment at https://www.artoftouchmassageandsalon.com

“Our experienced staff of massage therapists are able to offer you everything from the best relaxation massage to the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries,” said a spokesperson for Art of Touch Massage Therapy Clinic.

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Armed with more than a 15 years of experience in the massage therapy industry, the Hornes are especially grateful and humble of the notion that their credible business venture not only was birthed by of them having to overcome and conquer a slew of business-related challenges but, most of all, their business consequently has allowed them to put their entrepreneurial gifts on display outside of the United States.

KISS OF SUCCESS — The Hornes’ long-awaited dream would ultimately become a celebratory reality, considering the couple joined forces and established Art of Touch Massage Therapy Clinic in the outskirts of the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

In a nutshell, while Art of Touch Massage Therapy Clinic is housed in Mesquite, this brilliantly dazzling establishment — to the Hornes’ credit — is starting to savor a global presence.

“Our business venture has taken us overseas and has allowed us to experience different cultures and their practices when it comes to massage therapy,” said Carlton Horne, 44, a native of Longview, Texas. “(Our) personal mission in being business owners as massage therapists is to assist clients in having a better understanding that this temple that we live in is the only one we’ll ever get and it’s up to us to take care of our physical body.”

Said Dr. Horne: (Our) personal mission is to show others that entrepreneurship is obtainable if you believe in yourself and your dreams. I am on a personal mission to educate people and show them that massage is no longer available through luxury spas and upscale health clubs.”

Amongst the reasons, Dr. Horne acknowledged, is that massage therapy is widely considered part of what she describes as complementary and alternative medicine.

“It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations,” Dr. Horne said. “Studies demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain, and muscle tension.”

Located at 909 E Davis Street in nearby Mesquite, Art of Touch Massage Therapy Clinic is widely known throughout the Metroplex for greatly aiding its clients to rediscover their sense of well-being, courtesy of personalized therapies that nurture both body and mind.

All of which practically sums up why the Hornes’ flourishing business is making a strong case in emerging as of the DFW’s most popular massage therapy venues.

So far, so good for a Dream Team massage therapy couple whom, given how they’ve steadfastly managed to defy the greatest of odds en route to going into entrepreneurship operations, realize wholeheartedly that their best and brightest days are well ahead of them.

“Each day, I look at myself in the mirror trying to figure out what’s next on the list to accomplish,” said Dr. Horne, a native of Terrell, Texas. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t reflect and think about what I could have done differently. When I have to make presentations, I ask myself if I could have presented the information better, or if I have to explain a process, I ask myself if I explained it as well as I could have.  When I see people dealing with back issues and taking steroid injections, I ask myself if I could make a difference in that person’s life.”

AWWWWWW — So far, so good for Dream Team massage therapy couple whom, given how they’ve managed to defy the greatest odds en route to going into entrepreneurship operations, realize wholeheartedly that their best and brightest days are well ahead of them.

Added Carlton Horne: “It’s very important that I inspire others daily, because I’ve been blessed with a gift, and in order for my gift to flourish, it’s my calling to share the knowledge that I have been blessed with.”

Not to mention being blessed in that they defied the greatest of odds, all while collectively delving off into the competitively unique world of entrepreneurship.

 

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Dallas-area realtor Efrem J. Windom’s proven track record with pro athletes, consumers benefiting him mightily in competitive real estate industry

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

 

TEXAS-SIZE IMPACT — An accomplished realtor for the past 15-plus years, Efrem Windom has become a fixture in the ever-so-competitive real estate arena, most notably through Private Label Realty/EPIC Property Consultants, a credible real estate company whereby its mission is to find prospective home-buyers the right home at the right price, while providing extraordinary expertise, according to a detailed description of the company at www.privatelabelrealty.com.

DALLASEfrem J. Windom doesn’t shy away from the notion that he grew up in what is deemed one of the poorest communities in Dallas/Fort Worth’s Metroplex.

Regardless, because of who is he and because of where his Creator is destined to take him, he was determined not to become a product of his environment that is famously known as the historic Oak Cliff district.

Not that Windom’s steadfast desire to prosper and excel, thus maximize his potential are knocks or attempts to belittle those who are still based in his native setting. But amongst the things about which Windom believes he was destined to do was devise ways to not just broaden his entrepreneurial horizon but, most importantly, he was empowered fervently to walk in his destiny in the process.

A TRUE PRO — Fifteen-plus years removed from having delved off into the popular real estate industry, it’s safe to assume that one of Oak Cliff’s finest — a longtime ordained minister — is effectively walking in his divine purpose — and not just by way of advancing the kingdom.

And so it came to pass that years after having attended Grambling State University courtesy of a band scholarship and on to Weatherford College, where he studied music education that Windom took a massive leap of faith by stepping into an industry that has only heighten his quest toward making his dreams realities.

An accomplish realtor for the past 15-plus years who thrives off of his compelling catchphrase, “Relationships And Real Estate Go Hand In Hand,” Windom has become a fixture in the ever-so-competitive real estate arena, most notably through Private Label Realty/EPIC Property Consultants, a credible real estate company whereby its mission is to find prospective home-buyers the right home at the right price, while providing extraordinary expertise, according to a detailed description of the company at www.privatelabelrealty.com.

In addition, the company for which Windom has been afforded the golden opportunity to put his immeasurable real estate talents on display has turned out some of the real estate industry’s top-producers, according to a spokesperson for the company.

Amongst the reasons is that according to the spokesperson, each and every one of the company’s agents is experienced in their market area and highly regarded for their quality service and professionalism.

WALKING IN HIS DESTINY — And so it came to pass that years after having attended Grambling State University courtesy of a band scholarship and on to Weatherford College to study music education that Windom took a massive leap of faith by stepping into an industry that has only heighten his quest to make his dreams realities.

A Private Label Realty group that is comprised largely of highly experienced agents based in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Plano, San Antonio, Scottsdale and Denver, Windom, to his distinctly unique credit, has been appropriately thrust amongst an elite gallery of arguably some of the finest real estate agents in the Southwest and heartland regions of the country.

For what it’s worth, he has his native Oak Cliff establishment to thank, particularly as it relates to providing him with the inspiration he needed to, you know, see from beyond where he was.

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“Growing up in a life of lack and poverty really inspired me to become a realtor,” Windom told Making Headline News this week. “I watched people who dreamt of having a nice home, dreamt of owning instead of renting. While growing up I had a love for music and being a musician, but it was something about the career of real estate that kept my interest.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

Fifteen-plus years removed from having delved off into the popular real estate industry, it’s safe to assume that one of Oak Cliff’s finest — who happens to be a longtime ordained minister — is effectively walking in his divine purpose, and not just by way of advancing the kingdom and luring people to Christ.

“When I accepted my calling into the ministry in my early 20’s, I realized that the real estate business was a business that was very close to doing ministry,” Windom said. “This business allows me to serve people, to comfort them, to utilize my wisdom, knowledge and faith for their benefit.”

By and large, there is a feel good countenance, of sorts, that comes with aiding and witnessing clients fulfill their lofty goals and ambition, Windom acknowledged.

“It’s nothing like seeing a family get their keys to their new home, or a single mom get the keys to a new home for her and her kids,” he said. “Also I wanted to start a business that will allow me to have freedom in my schedule so that I can be free to spend time with my children freely, go to their schools and have lunch with them and attend their extra-curricular events freely.”

So far, so good for this well-established and credible real estate agent, who doesn’t shy away from the notion that amongst his primary objectives is to reach out to several of the area’s professional athletes and to persuade them to buy into the rich, notable concept of a businessman whom, given his remarkable track record, has proven time and again to get his clients just what they expect — the home of their dream.

“I have been in the real estate business through the ups and downs of our economy,” Windom, who specializes in the DFW and surrounding areas, said. “I have had the opportunity to counsel and advise many sports figures regarding the relationships and personal goals. Doing this also gave me the desire to serve them regarding their real estate needs. One of the challenges that many high-profile sports athletes have regarding doing business is trust. Sometimes, it is hard to trust people and their motives. This is why trust and respect are huge components in how I conduct business.”

Spoken like a true pro of a realtor.

 

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area realtor Efrem Windom of Private Label Realty/EPIC Property Consultants, call him at. 469-989-0196 Also, send email to: efremsells@gmail.com.

 

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

Dallas/Fort Worth-area author Shelly Bates advancing the kingdom mightily through her spiritually-enhancing book

ADVANCING THE KINGDOM — A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Shelly Bates is the mastermind behind her recently-released book entitled, “The Creative Warrior: Throwing Logic Out The Window To Win.”

DALLAS — For Shelly Bates, it all began to unfold sometime in May 2009. 

During an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, Bates spoke at length about how she recalled attending a conference in Dallas during which, according to this accomplished businesswoman, she began to gain clarity on her purpose for the season.

“The speaker talked about knowing the times and seasons and the importance of knowing what field or assignment God was calling us to. She told us to ask God for the gift of discernment to know how to fulfill that assignment,” Bates recalled.

It wasn’t until Bates had retreated to her hotel that the exchange between her and her Creator become more intimate.

“I went back to my hotel room and sought the Father,” Bates explained. “I asked, ‘What is my field?’ Almost immediately, He said, ‘Your son.’”

Bates remembers her response, “Ha! As if I didn’t know. But what I didn’t know was what to do,” Bates continued. “I asked the Father to give me discernment to know what to do to break the cycles. And He did…two days later.”

Indeed He did, a development that proved to be arguably the most memorable 48-hour span of her life.

“God told me to cultivate his (my son’s) ground,” said Bates, “but first, I had to break it up with warfare. The Lord led me to study the process of breaking up ground and how you have to use certain tools.”

Bates spoke about how she had garnered detailed instructions on what she described as the first warfare strategy of using a drum.

HANDPICKED BY GOD — All things considered, Bates believes that her mission for composing her first book was accomplished.

 “As I pondered on this, I was drawn to the sound,” said Bates. “I started out beating a drum that I brought back from a missions trip to Liberia in West Africa. I began to notice changes in the atmosphere, and changes in my son. It was difficult to explain, but I knew something was happening. Unfortunately, my fingers and hands could not handle the amount of beating I was doing. I needed more.”

“God gave me the vision to make Mattah War Staffs and Mattah War Sticks,” said Bates. “I began to see sticks with colors and designs and decorations,” Bates explained. I researched sticks and staffs in the Bible. These instruments were created based upon the life of Moses and the use of the Staff.”

In 2015, Bates was birthed with the God-mandated vision to compose a rather informative, thought-provoking book that figures to advance the kingdom for years to come. “The book came after God gave me the creativity to make Mattah War Staffs and Mattah War Sticks. People need to know that God is calling forth the warriors. The creative warriors,” Bates explained.

“The Staff was painted in warfare colors and I used it to strike the ground in representation of breaking up the fallow ground of my son’s heart,” continued Bates, the owner and chief executive officer of Mattahs and More. “I used it to draw lines in the ground declaring to the enemy that he could come no further.  I used it to push and block. Whatever movement I saw in the spirit realm, I did it to declare war.” Bates witnessed a major transformation in her son’s life.

In 2015, Bates was birthed with the God-mandated vision to compose a rather informative, thought-provoking book that figures to advance the kingdom for years to come. “The book came after God gave me the creativity to make Mattah War Staffs and Mattah War Sticks. People need to know that God is calling forth the warriors. The creative warriors,” Bates explained.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Bates is the mastermind behind her recently-released book entitled, “The Creative Warrior: Throwing Logic Out The Window To Win.”

A paperback published document that officially hit the market in October 2016, “The Creative Warrior: Throwing Logic Out The Window To Win” is a spiritually compelling piece that walks you through the process of removing spiritual blinders that have caused complacency in creative warfare strategies, according to a detailed description of Bates’ book at Amazon.com.

In addition, Bates’ prized project will open your eyes mightily and cause you to tap into the next level of spiritual warfare, according to a spokesperson for the book.

In other words, it’s time for the “Creative Warriors” to arise, activate, and advance, Bates emphasized while discussing her debut book.

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — Having earned her M. A. in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, Bates said the single, most underlying reason for having written her book was due in large part because she felt strongly that God was calling forth what she described as “Creative Warriors.”

 

For what it’s worth, one intriguing thing led to another…and another… and…well…you get the point.

“The main reason for writing the book is open the floodgates of creativity to allow people to experience spiritual warfare on another level,” said Bates, who began composing her book in the spring of 2015 and needed a little more than a year to complete. “You can’t take logic into spirituality. God is a God of order, which is different from logic. His ways are uncommon; He doesn’t duplicate miracles. Each warfare assignment in the Bible was different. The tactics were different. Yet why is it that we do the same things over and over and over and then feel defeated when we don’t experience victory?” “When we become complacent we fail to know our enemy, ourselves, and the appropriate strategies for the battle.” Bates continued.

The feedback since the much-anticipated release of her book has been positive and confirming, this notable writer acknowledged. 

“I’ve received lots of great feedback that the book is revelatory, powerful, and necessary for the times we are living in,” Bates said. “Some folks have requested to be mentored using the book to help them walk through the process to becoming a Creative Warrior and gaining greater insight into the creativity of Elohim.” Bates is said to begin an online course for Creative Warriors in the very near future.

All things considered, Bates is thoroughly convinced that her mission for composing her first book was accomplished.

“The message that God is asking is, ‘What is that you have in your hands?’ Bates said. “Because He wants to use it. He wants to perform spiritual eye surgery to allow you to see that you are to use uncommon ways to defeat the enemy, just like in the Bible.”

“The enemy’s job is the same – he comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but his M. O. (or modus operandi) changes. So, we must tap into God’s creative strategies for the season, because that is how we take territory. God wants us to be open to His strategies.”

Much like she was in the aftermath of that memorable conference back in May 2009.

 

 

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

Dallas/Fort Worth-area rising entertainer Christie Henry: ‘I am a living witness to what God can do in someone’s life’

STAR WATCH — A native of Memphis, Christie Henry has made continuous strides in this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry, particularly since she relocated from the Bluff City to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 

DALLASChristie Henry knows full well that countless golden opportunities await her.

“So, there is no excuse as to why I (shouldn’t) take full advantage of it,” Henry told Making Headline News during a recent exclusive interview.

The opportunities to which Henry is alluding are those through her immense gifts and talents as a rising singer and entertainer.

A native of Memphis, Henry has made continuous strides in this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry, particularly since she relocated from the Bluff City to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

MAKING MAJOR MOVES — To her distinctly unique credit, it seemed that once Henry effectively found her niche in this industry, one favorable move ultimately led to another.

And given the success she has enjoyed in recent years, it’s safe to assume that this young, thriving businesswoman doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon.

If nothing else, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that her primary emphasis is to only add to her musically talented repertoire.

“With this business venture, I plan to use every avenue or outlet available to share my gifts to the world,” Henry said. “The music and entertainment industry is very broad. So, there is no excuse as to why I didn’t take full advantage of it.”

To her distinctly unique credit, it seemed that once she had effectively found her niche in this industry, one favorable move ultimately led to another.

And, as a result, such considerable progress eventually has inspired this gifted and young entertainer to devise ways to reap sustained success.

So far, so good for this former University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff band member, who’s also armed with the notable gift of modeling and recently released her new hit single entitled, “In the Cold,” which is available on SoundCloud.

“As an artist, it is my job to insure that the arts ever die,” Henry said. Whether I sing gospel, R & B, hip hop, afrobeat, or jazz, my freedom of speech and freedom of expression will be shown through it.”

A 2009 graduate of Memphis Fairley High, Henry enrolled at UAPB in the fall of that year and, after two-year stint with the school’s tradition-rich marching band, she returned to Tennessee, where she joined the Marching Musical Machines of the Mid-South. Consequently, Henry elected to transfer to the University of Memphis but, according to her, “A few things transpired in my life that resulted into me having to take a few years off.”

Even while pursuing her goals and ambitions, Henry acknowledged that amongst her short-term goals is aid other aspiring entertainers to pursue their dreams and maximize their potential.

Because after all, there are no excuses as to why they shouldn’t.

“With this business endeavor, I hope to lay a foundation for future artists to be able to go after their dreams at all cost- without selling your souls to do so,” said Henry, adding that once she reaches a certain level of success in her entertainment career, she plans to establish her own fine arts school and community center. “No one was put on this earth to be placed in a category or feel boxed in. It’s time for us all to let out the artist in us to express ourselves more.”

TOO HOT, TOO HOT — So far, so good for this young, vibrant entertainer, who is yet proving that she her best and brightest days in her element are well ahead of her. So remember her name.

A 2009 graduate of Memphis Fairley High, Henry enrolled at UAPB in the fall of that year and, after two-year stint with the school’s tradition-rich marching band, she returned to Tennessee, where she joined the Marching Musical Machines of the Mid-South.

Consequently, Henry elected to transfer to the University of Memphis but, according to her, “A few things transpired in my life that resulted into me having to take a few years off.”

Now as a resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth are, higher education still remains a lofty priority for Henry, considering plans are in the works to complete her undergraduate studies at either nearby Richland College or the University of North Texas.

A TRUE INSPIRATION — Even while pursuing her goals and ambition, Henry acknowledged that amongst her short-term goals is aid other aspiring entertainers to pursue their dreams and maximize their potential. (This photo and the lead photo courtesy of Jamal Aaron)

As for what is shaping up to be an illustrious career in music and entertainment, Henry would be the first to tell you that she’s one who aspires to be both educated and talented.

After all, she might as well do it big in Texas, considering word around here is that they do things big here.

“Music is universal,” said Henry, whose gifts an entertainer has allowed her to put her remarkable talents on display in such places as Miami, Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago, and Dallas. “So in my opinion, there is no age limit when it comes to my portion of the music and entertainment business. Everyone enjoys music regardless of the genre. There shouldn’t be any boundaries when it comes to it, because it is a form of expression.”

REFOCUSING HER FOCUS TO STAY FOC– USED — Now as a resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth are, higher education still remains a priority of Henry’s list, considering plans are in the works to complete her undergraduate studies at either nearby Richland College or the University of North Texas.

So far, so good for this young, vibrant entertainer, who is yet proving that she her best and brightest days in her element are well ahead of her.

So remember her name.

“I am a living witness to what God can do in someone’s life,” Henry said. “He literally stepped in at the nick of time, pulled me out of my comfort zone, and revealed to me that it’s not too late to pursue your destiny.”

Because after all, there are no excuses as to why she shouldn’t.

Or can’t.

 

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

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

 

Dallas’ J-Heart Ministries Founder Prophetess Jennifer Walker having a major kingdom impact through music, spreading the gospel

MEGAFEST 2017 OFFICIAL ADVANCE STORY: Dallas’ Jennifer Walker

 

SONGBIRD OF THE LONE STAR STATE — A native of Dallas, Jennifer Walker is widely known as Prophetess Jennifer Walker as well as longtime gospel singer whom, to her distinct credit, is leaving her mark on the Body of Christ, most notably through her immense musical talents and life-enhancing preaching.

DALLAS — At approximately 10:20 Monday night, Prophetess Jennifer Walker took to her Facebook page to tell of the goodness of Jesus and all He’s done for her.

Judging by what she posted, it was evident that her soul had cried out with a figurative hallelujah, of sorts, to her Creator.

“Hello Everyone! I give praise to God for this opportunity,” Walker wrote on her timeline before her nearly 1,100 Facebook followers. “God is amazing! Be on the lookout for my story this coming Wednesday!”

And just like that, the much-anticipated breakthrough Walker had been diligently seeking for some time was suddenly on the brink of coming to fruition.

For Walker, it is a breakthrough worth celebrating, considering she doesn’t shy away from the notion that the devil, her adversary, on several occasions was determined to convince her to commit an about face on her walk with Almighty God.

“Pain is not something that is foreign to me,” Walker said during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News this week in the publication’s featured story leading to Megafest 2017 that is taking place here June 28-July 2. “Although I’m one who always smiles, there was and is always a story behind it. For some reason, I’ve almost never been able to suffer in silence as it always been on display.”

Having suggested that a majority of the past pain she had to bear might have stemmed from what she described as “public humiliation,” particularly from the cruelty and bullying she faced amongst her peers at a young age, Walker also recalled those times she was once labeled a “trouble kid,” in part because she had become a fixture with affiliating with gangs — a trend that subsequently gave way to her being deemed a “rough” individual, although she sensed it was only an encounter whereby she was seeking a sense of direction.

ON GOD’S BATTLEFIELD — Approximately two decades removed from when she made her secular — or R & B — music debut, Walker is singing for the Lord on a permanent basis and, given how He has blessed her supernaturally, it’s safe to assume that she isn’t turning back. Not on God’s time clock.

All things considered, Walker, to her credit, ultimately found the solace and spiritual comfort she had so desperately sought for as long as she could remember. However, it took her to officially rekindle her relationship with God for that to happen.

A native of Dallas, Walker is widely known as Prophetess Jennifer Walker as well as a longtime gospel singer and songwriter whom, to her distinct credit, is leaving her mark on the Body of Christ, most notably through her immense musical talents and life-enhancing preaching.

Approximately two decades removed from when she made her secular (or R & B) music debut, Walker is singing for the Lord on a permanent basis and, given how He has blessed her supernaturally, it’s safe to assume she has no plans of turning back.

Not on God’s time clock.

PURPOSE FOR HER PAIN — Having suggested that a majority of the past pain she had to bear might have stemmed from what she described as public humiliation, particularly from the cruelty and bullying she faced amongst her peers as a young age, Walker also recalled those times she was once labeled a “trouble kid,” in part because she had become a fixture with affiliating with gangs — a trend that subsequently gave way to her being deemed a “rough” individual, although she sensed it was only an encounter whereby she was only seeking a sense of direction.

“Looking back at my life, I can see can see footage of myself from concerts when I sang R&B and Gospel beginning at 15 years old…where I would take time and speak from an inspirational standpoint to the audience in between certain songs,” Walker said. “Listening now, I realize I was preaching.”

That, by all accounts, practically sums up the “prophetess” portion of the story of this young, thriving Godly woman, a story that only keeps getting better.

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“It was important to me,” Walker, the Founder and CEO of J-Heart Ministries, said of her awe-inspiring messages through her music. “I would even sign autographs with John 3:16 next to my name. I had begun to really have a desire for more in the Lord…that more was ministry. God began to give me words to share with people and always burned a desire in me to be a light.”

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Today, unlike never before, it seems that Walker has only heightened her desire to be a light before a dark world through her flourishing ministry, all while living and dwelling on the larger side of God in the process.

Having been raised in a mostly Christian environment in which attending church was a customary trend, Walker’s gift for singing was instilled in her by grandmother, who has been an accomplished musician since her preteen years.

As Walker recalled, “She is also a noted powerful singer, blessing many over the years.”

In addition, Walker’s great- grandfather, Willie Morris, was a music professor whom, for years, had traveled in the South, singing at various church conventions and other services.

In a nutshell, despite the rash of past hardships and challenges about which arose to try her faith, one thing undoubtedly has been abundantly obvious all along.

That is, this talented songbird of the Lone Star state was born to sing — early and often, 37 years and counting.

“It changed my life to show me the faithfulness of God,” Walker said of the past trials that ultimately changed the overall landscape of her life. “My level of intimacy has deepened over years as that is what made it possible to survive. The Lord has shown me that nothing is wasted…not even pain. Even when I was unfaithful… He has kept His word.”

GRANNY KNOWS BEST — Having been raised in a mostly Christian environment in which attending church was a customary trend, Walker’s gift for singing was instilled in her by grandmother, who has been an accomplished musician since her preteen years.

As for how she had decided on J-Heart Ministries, well, put it this way: Only what you do for (Jesus) Christ will last.

“Even though that is my initial to my first name, it is also the same initial as Jesus,” Walker said. “It reinforces the main component to ministry, which is a heart for Jesus. My goal is to spark that same passion in others, to lead them to Christ and live victoriously.”

That, after all, is something about which her nearly 1,100 Facebook followers got a full glimpse some time after 10 o’clock Monday night.

 

J-Heart Ministries Founder Prophetess Jennifer Walker’s Itinerary:

Youth Rally, St. Stephens Baptist Church in Desoto, Texas, July 26 from 1-3 p.m.

Speaking Engagement, Sunday Morning , July 9,  Word Of Life Outreach Fellowship Church of God In Christ, Dallas. 

 

 

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