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North Carolina author Angel McClain McCaskill embraces her God-mandated vision, courtesy of a new book


But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 KJV)


GOD’S BELOVED SURVIVOR 

SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST Having gotten news of her breast cancer diagnosis in August 2007, Angel McClain McCaskill deemed it necessary to keep a journal throughout her memorable, life-changing journey, a trend that allowed her to recall a slew of things, all while having virtually no indication that God was strategically positioning her to assemble a book entitled, “From A Survivor’s Eye.”

The very moment God had given to Angel McClain McCaskill the vision, she did exactly what He essentially commanded her do.

She steadfastly ran with it.
And, what’s even more astounding is that McCaskill wasn’t merely about to allow her unlikely breast cancer diagnosis to stop her from living her best life.
“God gave me the vision after a powerful forefront women’s conference last July,” McCaskill, during a weekend interview with Making Headline News, said, recalling the remarkably compelling events that have contributed mightily to her endeavor as an accomplished author. “My mentor, Lady Leah McNair, went into prayer with me, and five months later, we had a book.”
And the rest, as they say, was history.
Thanks in large part to McCaskill’s act of obedience unto God, coupled with the fervent prayers of her spiritual leader — as well as other intercessors — God has greatly empowered her to become the mastermind behind the spiritually-empowering book entitled, “From A Survivor’s Eye.”

CONNECT WITH AUTHOR McCASKILL TO BUY HER BOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ammccaskill

An intriguing, life-altering written work that was officially published in January 2019, McCaskill needed somewhere in the neighborhood of just under a half of a year to compose a book that has already begun to generate of array of favorable reviews from her reading audience.

Having fielded news of her breast cancer diagnosis in August 2007, McCaskill deemed it necessary to keep a journal throughout her memorable, life-changing journey, a trend that allowed her to recall a slew of things, all while having virtually no indication that God was strategically positioning her to assemble a book.

Yep. That’s just like God, ushering His children to their destiny, as only He could.

For what it’s worth, McCaskill — who’s “open to speaking engagements and book signings” — considers herself thorough blessed that God had strategically set her aside for His use for such a notable and memorable time as now.

For McCaskill, a native of York, South Carolina who resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, while she’s undoubtedly endured her share of turmoil and hardships through her breast cancer diagnosis, amongst the things about she relishes the most of how God’s continues to provide her a way of escape.

“No matter what you face — it doesn’t have to be breast cancer — God will get you through it,” said McCaskill, explaining the divine message she’s sending to her reading audience through her book. “I promise you. We all have survived something and with the help of the Lord (and) you can too.”

According to detailed synopsis at Amazon.com, McCaskill’s “From A Survivor’s Eye” is what this Christian-based writer describes as a “powerful book” of breast cancer survival.

“Follow the journey of Angel McCaskill, from discovery to healing and wholeness. You are guaranteed to be enlightened and inspired to persevere through any challenge in your life,” said an Amazon spokesperson for this author’s book she’s garnered since her book’s release.

“So many wonderful remarks and positive feedback…from men and women, saying how inspired they are from reading and they are ready for another one,” said McCaskill, adding that she plans to compose a 30-day inspirational journal in the foreseeable future.

For what it’s worth, McCaskill — who’s “open to speaking engagements and book signings” — considers herself thoroughly blessed that God has strategically set her aside for His use for such a notable and memorable time as now.


PROVERBS 31 FACTOR

Thanks in large part to McCaskill’s act of obedience unto God, coupled with the fervent prayers of spiritual leader — as well as other intercessors — God has greatly empowered her to become the mastermind behind the spiritually-empowering book entitled, “From A Survivor’s Eye.”

“It was finished after my treatments, surgery, and recovery,” McCaskill said. “And it wasn’t until I realized that I had a book.”

How remarkably astounding for this devout woman of faith whom, to her credit, wasn’t merely about to allow her dreaded breast cancer diagnosis to stop her from living her best life.

Period.

In that order.

Amen…and Amen.

Yep. That’s just like God, ushering His children to their destiny, as only He could.


SAVE THE DATE


MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTES ANGEL McCASKILL


For more information on Charlotte, North Carolina-area Author Angel McClain McCaskill, to order her book or to schedule her for a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her https://www.facebook.com/ammccaskill.  Email her at: Angel_mccaskill@yahoo.com.


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

Soulful Prayers contributor Tilda Whitaker savoring best of both worlds an entrepreneur, author


Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves. (Philippians 2:3 KJV)


COACHING SENSATION 

DESTINY STEPS — A self-proclaimed “military brat” who is a native of Albany, Georgia but currently resides in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Tilda Whitaker is the proud founder and chief executive officer of P4 COACHING INSTITUTE, her credible, flourishing nonprofit organization she founded in 2015.

DALLAS — To her credit, Tilda Whitaker is doing just what God strategically assigned her to do with the vision to which He introduced her.

She’s steadfastly running with it.

Some four years and counting to be more technical.

A self-proclaimed “military brat” who is a native of Albany, Georgia but currently resides in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Whitaker is the proud founder and chief executive officer of P4 COACHING INSTITUTE, her credible, flourishing nonprofit organization she founded in 2015.
Four years removed from having officially gone into operations, Whitaker’s P4 COACHING INSTITUTE is widely known for routinely offering strategic training, most notably for individuals who boasts inspirations of delving off into the ever-so-competitive life coaching industry.
In addition, Whitaker’s Christian-based nonprofit organization has become a fixture for rewarding its clients with what is known as Christian Mentor certifications as a strategic way to enable them to start nonprofit organizations, particularly as ministry leaders, among other endeavors.

MORE ON P4 COACHING INSTITUTE: https://www.p4cinstitute.com/

Under the certified coach umbrella of Whitaker’s organization, for instance, this course’s primary focus is geared largely toward the basic life coach training and incorporates what is known as the “core content” in coaching, according to detailed introduction at https://www.p4cinstitute.com/certified-life-coach.

Moreover, this course provides students with core coaching competencies, techniques, and professional practice standards and, as a result to completing this course, students will become a professional certified life coaches.

When asked how her competitive drive in life propelled her to establish such an intriguing and innovative business venture, Whitaker said: “I wanted to help leaders find their innate ability to mentor, coach, and train while they lead with integrity, authority and credibility.”


BUY WHITAKER’S SOULFUL PRAYERS BOOK HERE: Paypal.me/p4cinstitute/25

Four years removed from having officially gone into operations, Whitaker’s P4 COACHING INSTITUTE is widely known for routinely offering strategic training, most notably for individuals who boasts inspirations of delving off into the ever-so-competitive life coaching industry.

A thriving, progressive endeavor that caters to individuals and groups — or “multi-generational audiences,” Whitaker emphasized — ranging in ages 28 to 55, Whitaker is thoroughly pleased with the overall landscape of P4 COACHING INSTITUTE, whose best and brightest days are well ahead of it.


“(I thrive off of) guiding leaders to plan, process, and produce with purpose globally,” Whitaker, an accomplished minister of the Gospel, said. “I get to witness amazing people evolve in their lives purposefully.”


An alumna of the historic North Carolina Central University, a historically black college in Durham, Whitaker has also found her niche as an accomplished author.

Whitaker is amongst more than four dozen authors who made credible contributions to the newly-released book entitled, Soulful Prayers: The Power of Intentional Communication With God.”

A book that was officially launched during nationally-acclaimed ceremony over the weekend in Texas, “Soulful Prayers: The Power of Intentional Communication With God” is forwarded by award-winning and bestselling author/businesswoman Cheryl Polote-Williamson.

Armed with a little more than two decades of experience as a thriving businesswoman, Whitaker itinerary includes:

  • Serving as a speaker at the Christian Business Owners Summit on September 14 in Savannah, Georgia.

  • Also, she will host her annual COACH CON ’19 from October 4-5 in Rocky Mount (for more details about this event, log on to: www.p4coachcon.com).


GOD’S LEADING LADY

An alumna of the historic North Carolina Central University, a historically black college in Durham, Whitaker has also found her niche as an accomplished author. Whitaker is amongst more than four dozen authors who made credible contributions to the newly-released book entitled, “Soulful Prayers: The Power of Intentional Communication With God.”

All things considered, coupled with the divine calling on her life, Whitaker relishes the notion that through her longstanding endeavor, God has strategically set her aside for His use — both as an a successful businesswoman and author.

“I believe God gives us all a life purpose, which includes helping others in some capacity,” Whitaker said. “This is mine. It’s part of my calling in life.”

BUY WHITAKER’S SOULFUL PRAYERS BOOK HERE: Paypal.me/p4cinstitute/25

A book that was officially launched during nationally-acclaimed ceremony over the weekend in Texas, “Soulful Prayers: The Power of Intentional Communication With God” is forwarded by award-winning and bestselling author/businesswoman Cheryl Polote-Williamson.

To her credit, she’s doing just what God strategically assigned her to do with the vision to which He introduced her.

She’s steadfastly running with it.

Talk about savoring the best of both worlds.


For more information on Rocky Mount, North Carolina-area Businesswoman Tilda Whitaker, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/tilda.whitaker. To order to her book, send payments to: Paypal.me/p4cinstitute/25. Also, send email to: info@p4cinstitute.com.


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Texas entrepreneur Derrell Noris creates a credible app for Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES DERRELL NORIS


Another notable milestone, another step in the right direction for Texas businessman Derrell Noris.

The Co-Founder of Fresh Tech Solutionz, a Houston-based company that Noris witness go into full operations in December 2016 along with fellow businessman Bardiya Shadmehr, Noris announced that his venture has formed a rather intriguing partnership with the historic Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce.

According Noris, a former Corporate America professional, Fresh Tech Solutionz on August 13 assembled what is known as the ‘GHBC Mobile App,’ a development that had ultimately given way to the app being officially published at the beginning of October.

TEXAS SIZE DEVELOPMENTAccording Houston businessman Derrell Noris, a former Corporate America professional, Fresh Tech Solutionz on August 13 assembled what is known as the ‘GHBC Mobile App,’ a development that had ultimately given way to the app being officially published at the beginning of October.
“We would love to create similar mobile apps for other Chambers of Commerce around the world,” Noris told Making Headline News this week, adding that consumers can now download the ‘GHBC Mobile App’ from their Apple App store or at Google Playstore. Amongst the reasons Noris’ partnership with GHBC is especially vital is that GHBC officials requested that the mobile app be assembled so that it could be available for Apple and Android, a trend that will allow users to join the chamber, view the GHBC’s up-to-date events, search the GHBC business directory, view current job openings, connect with GHBC social media pages, view business opportunities, and even donate to the GHBC.

MORE ON FRESH TECH SOLUTIONZ:  www.freshtechsolutionz.com

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — Formed in September 1935, several prominent community leaders organized the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce (or HNCC at the time) to empower and promote African-American businesses in the city. By and large, they focused on encouraging business within the African-American community. However, in 1964, under the leadership of Mack H. Hannah, Jr., the chamber changed its name to the Houston Citizens Chamber Of Commerce (or HCCC). Interestingly, even as the Chamber membership expanded mightily, it wasn’t until 2013 that the chamber rebranded its look, thus naming its institution the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (or GHBC).
Formed in September 1935, several prominent community leaders organized the Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce (or HNCC at the time) to empower and promote African-American businesses in the city. By and large, they focused on encouraging business within the African-American community. However, in 1964, under the leadership of Mack H. Hannah, Jr., the chamber changed its name to the Houston Citizens Chamber Of Commerce (or HCCC).

CONNECT WITH THE GHBC: https://ghbcc.com/

Interestingly, even as the Chamber membership expanded mightily, it wasn’t until 2013 that the chamber rebranded its look, thus naming its institution the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (or GHBC). As for the newly-established GHBC app, Noris and his team are confident that it will benefit this organization for years to come. “This will be a better way to connect to members,” Noris explained. “They will be able to send push notifications instead of sending emails to notify users of important announcements and upcoming events.”
CHECK THIS OUT —“The app will also make black businesses, job openings, and business opportunities more accessible and easier to locate,” Noris said. “The app can also be used to showcase major events like the Pinnacle Awards. There is a section added in to highlight pictures and business links for all of the finalists for these prestigious awards being given out at the ceremony.”
Wait. There are a few other added perks and features offered through the GHBC Mobile App, Noris acknowledged. “The app will also make black businesses, job openings, and business opportunities more accessible and easier to locate,” Noris said. “The app can also be used to showcase major events like the Pinnacle Awards. There is a section added in to highlight pictures and business links for all of the finalists for these prestigious awards being given out at the ceremony.”
SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — As for the newly-established GHBC app, Noris and his team are confident that it will benefit this organization for years to come.
Located at 1301 Fannin Street, Suite 2440 in the greater Houston Metroplex, Fresh Tech Solutionz is widely known for developing affordable mobile apps and websites for businesses as a unique way to enable companies mobilize business processes and, most importantly, increase customer engagement. “I created Fresh Tech Solutionz, because I was doing mobile development in Corporate America and figured that I could do this for myself,” Noris said during a March 2016 interview with Making Headline News. That he has managed once again to prove to be nothing short of impressive through his venture has benefited him mightily. Talk about doing things big in Texas.

“I have been a proud member of the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce since January 2018, but have been attending their events since I started Fresh Tech Solutionz 2 years ago. The events that the GHBC have are phenomenal and really showcase the excellence and necessity of black business in Houston, and I’m blessed to be a part of that.” — Houston businessman Derrell Noris 


Another notable milestone, another step in the right direction for this accomplished Texas businessman.

For more information about Houston Businessman Derell Noris and Fresh Tech Solutionz, call 713.893.8125, or connect with Noris via social media at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/freshtechsolutionz; Instagram: www.instagram.com/freshtechsolutionz. Also, he can be reached via email at: apps@freshtechsolutionz.com.


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Delaware entrepreneur Charlotte Robinson living her best life, courtesy of her new empowerment blog

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES CHARLOTTE ROBINSON


She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. (Proverbs 31:17 NIV)


As it relates to above Biblical passage, Charlotte Robinson can be appropriately described as one who goes about walking in her purpose rather purposely.

Consider, for instance, Robinson’s eloquent response when asked recently to provide some pertinent information about her latest business-related endeavor.

“Giving advice and uplifting women, either based on the things I’ve been through, or conversations I have had with other women gaining their perspective,” Robinson said during an interview with Making Headline News.

WHAT ABOUT DIVA2DIVATALKS? https://www.diva2divatalks.com/

STRAIGHT DIVA MODE — A native of Camden, New Jersey, Charlotte Robinson recently raised the curtain on Diva2DivaTalks, her much-anticipated informational blog that is centered largely on empowering women, particularly those ranging in ages 40 and over.

To her credit, Robinson has gone to great lengths to establish an enterprise that figures to empower and enhance the lives of whom she describes as seasoned women.

A native of Camden, New Jersey, Robinson recently raised the curtain on Diva2DivaTalks, her much-anticipated informational blog that is centered largely on empowering women, particularly those ranging in ages 40 and over.

In essence, Diva2DivaTalks was strategically designed to greatly enable the total woman to live out her unique experiences, thus bask in the majesty of God’s glory and splendor once even in the midst of her seasoned years.

THE PROVERBS 31 FACTOR — As it relates to this familiar Biblical passage, Robinson can be appropriately described as one who goes about walking in her purpose rather purposely.

“Using my voice, expertise and broad unbiased perspective, I will give women a platform to feel free to discuss, engage, vent a little, and cry a little. Whatever it takes, (I will help) put you in a good head space and at ease in whatever time of your life.” — Charlotte Robinson 


Having evolved mightily as a Newark, Delaware-based businesswoman in recent years, Robinson’s featured business venture is A Design by Diva, a credible and full fledge fashion design company, whereby she customarily assembles rhinestone and screen print designed tees (T-shirts) as well as affordable clothing for plus size women.

GOD’S LEADING LADIES — To her credit, Robinson has gone to great lengths to establish an enterprise that figures to empower and enhance the lives of whom she describes as seasoned women.

Earlier this month, a host of Robinson’s friends, close acquaintances, and local businesswomen were on hand celebrate the official launch of her blog, which she said caters to women nationwide.

“I cater to women over 40, but I believe it’s a benefit to younger women who will know what to expect during those seasoned years to come,” Robinson said.

Oh, but wait. There are also opportunities for men to acquire some wholeness knowledge, thus adopt a newfound perspective on life, courtesy Robinson’s blog.

SOLID SUPPORTING CAST — Having evolved mightily as a Newark, Delaware-based businesswoman in recent years, Robinson’s featured business venture is A Design by Diva, a credible and full fledge fashion design company, whereby she customarily assembles rhinestone and screen print designed tees (T-shirts) as well as affordable clothing for plus size women.

“In addition, men can gain some in site as to what their spouse or significant other may be experiencing and help with understanding,” Robinson said. “Where I haven’t physically ventured out yet to get my ideas and information to others, I have engaged in conversation with women from all (over), up and down the East coast and some out west as well. I look forward to seeing when and where I may be a help to others.”

Arguably her greatest motivation for deeming it necessary to establish Diva2DivaTalks was women whom, like her, have had to press and navigate their way past a slew of life’s challenges and obstacles.

VISION UNFOLDED — Robinson’s Diva2DivaTalks is in full operations and, much to the delight of array of women — and men, of course — countless lives are being empowered and impacted.

“I was inspired by many women,” Robinson said. “I would sit back and listen to stories and think to myself, ‘I’m sure there are other women some places going through the same things, but no one is talking about it.’ So why not help anyone I can? This idea has been on my heart for the last two years, and I wasn’t sure how to proceed or how it would be accepted. Situations just kept arising, and I would say, ‘Okay, God I hear You.’ And this year, I took that leap.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

Robinson’s Diva2DivaTalks is in full operations and, much to the delight of array of women — and men, of course — countless lives are being empowered and impacted.

A RELATED CHARLOTTE ROBINSON STORY: https://makingheadlinenews.com/2018/06/23/delaware-fashion-designer-charlotte-robinson-creating-a-renewed-sense-of-confidence-for-plus-size-women-nationwide/

HER SISTER’S KEEPER — Arguably her greatest motivation for deeming it necessary to establish Diva2DivaTalks was women whom, like her, have had to press and navigate their way past a slew of life’s challenges and obstacles.

One life at a time.

“I believe in bridging the gap for women of a seasoned age that need and want a sister’s keeper,” Robinson said. “As we enter different phases of our lives at different ages, it’s always good to know that someone, somewhere has your back and can stand up in it with you when and how you need it.”


For more information about Newark, Delaware-based Businesswoman Charlotte (Char) Robinson, to subscribe to Diva2DivaTalks, or inquire about ordering her custom made products, call 202.491.1327 or 302-286-7301. Also, send email to: adesignbydiva@gmail.com, and connect with her via Instagram @design.by.diva and @adesignbydiva and on Twitter @adesignbydiva.


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.

Is Houston entrepreneur Sonia Corbin-Davis the custom made jewelry industry’s best kept secret?

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES SONIA CORBIN-DAVIS  


As far as custom made jewelry goes, it’s safe to assume that Sonia Corbin-Davis is a woman of many hats.

On second thought, perhaps she can appropriately explain it better.

“I have started a mobile bead bar,” Corbin-Davis, 52, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, explaining in detail her thriving business venture as the mastermind behind The Jewelry Instructor’s Bead Bar.

DESTINY UNFOLDED — Powered by The Jewelry Instructor’s Inc., Sonia Corbin-Davis’s Jewelry Instructor’s Bead Bar is a Houston-area business she said functions more like a BYOB, and Art & Sip shops, only it is a mobile establishment.

MORE ON SONIA CORBIN-DAVIS’S BUSINESS VENTURE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/host-a-bead-bar-party-tickets-47149420185

Powered by The Jewelry Instructor’s Inc., Corbin-Davis’s Jewelry Instructor’s Bead Bar is a Houston-area business she said operates more like a BYOB, and Art & Sip shops, only it is a mobile establishment.

In addition, Corbin-Davis is widely known for creating a variety of custom jewelry designs, all the while teaching regular jewelry classes, workshops, not to mention assembling patterns for those who create jewelry themselves.

Not bad for a multi-talented entrepreneur whom, as if that isn’t enough to turn heads, is an accomplished realtor.

For Corbin-Davis, her rise to emerging as one of the Texas’ finest custom made jewelry designers essentially surfaced while engaging in an in-depth conversation with a few friends and co-workers, during which she was employed by the United States Postal Service.

“(They) gave me the idea of starting a jewelry business,” Corbin-Davis recalled. “I used to wear all types of odd jewelry, and they would ask me to shop for them.  So, I started shopping for them and reselling.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

One favorable business-related concept had ultimately led to another and, before she knew it, Corbin-Davis had effectively connected with her God-given purpose as a rising entrepreneur.


“I knew that they could not take my creativity. One day, after years of working at the post office, I just got fed up with the long hours and the office politics, and I asked God to give me a career that allowed me the freedom to create.” — Sonia Corbin-Davis 


A business that Corbin-Davis had originally named Accessories A La Carte, this Houston native recalls like yesterday how she and a few of her coworkers had been competing in the custom made jewelry industry.

“I was 20-something and I wasn’t having that, so I stepped up my game, and sought out to start making my own jewelry,” Corbin-Davis recalled.

To her credit and much to her delight, she’s been a fixture in the custom made jewelry industry for 2 ½ decades strong.

And counting, of course.

“I knew that they could not take my creativity,” said Corbin-Davis, sounding not arrogant, but rather overwhelmingly confident while functioning mightily in her element. “One day, after years of working at the post office, I just got fed up with the long hours and the office politics, and I asked God to give me a career that allowed me the freedom to create.”

It was, by all accounts, because of her unshakable faith that God began to strategically move on her behalf, thus give her the desires of her heart.

On second thought, perhaps she can appropriately explain it better.

“I got a real estate license and, after 16 years of working at the post office and pursuing (a career in) real estate, I resigned,” Corbin-Davis said.

Fortunately for her, it eventually proved to be the right move at the right time.

Because, after all, her divine purpose was greatly connected to the next phase of her life.

“For years I did not create (jewelry),” Corbin-Davis explained. “I was actively selling real estate. Then one day, God reminded me of the (on the job) prayer… ‘God give me a career that allows me of the freedom to create.’ From then forward, I have been creating (jewelry).  Although I am known as ‘The Jewelry Instructor’ in the beading community, I (prefer) to become known by my designer name, ‘Cordavi Designs.’”  

Not only that, now that Corbin-Davis has gotten a firm grip on her business, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s aiming to assemble jewelry for a few well-known celebrities.

On second thought, perhaps she can appropriately explain it better.

“I would love to create pieces for Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Michelle Obama, Marjorie Harvey, and I would absolutely be honored to create jewelry for the cast of a Tyler Perry movie,” Corbin-Davis said with a huge grin, although she’s very serious.

“As a matter of fact, I have created renditions of pieces that clients will bring to me that they saw on someone famous.”

SHE SAID IT — “I would love to create pieces for Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Michelle Obama, Marjorie Harvey, and I would absolutely be honored to create jewelry for the cast of a Tyler Perry movie,” Corbin-Davis said with a huge grin, although she’s very serious.

A business that is steadily having more of a global presence, generating media headlines, and will be on display on September 9 during the Lyfe After Me Launch Party that is hosted by fellow Houston entrepreneur Ruby C. Bridges, a majority of Corbin-Davis’s clients are women ranging in ages 40 to 78.

“I have had men take classes also,” Corbin-Davis said, who was once was paid to go to New England to teach classes. “And a few of them have gone on to start their own line of jewelry making.”

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Now that she’s convinced her business’ best and brightest days are well ahead of it, Corbin-Davis is forever grateful that she’s finally walking in the purpose for which she was created.

“After years of teaching, creating, and having parties, I realized that my purpose is building relationships, one bead at a time,” Corbin-Davis said. “My journey has not just been about the beads, it’s about the experience.”

Well said by this thriving, progressive entrepreneur, whose divine purpose was greatly connected to the next phase of her life.

For more information Houston-area Businesswoman Sonia Corbin-Davis, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement concerning her business, connect with her via Facebook under: Sonia Corbin-Davis. Also, send email to: info@thejewelryinstructor.com.


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

Atlanta-area prep basketball standout Markus Lofton is as good as advertised as he auditions for a scholarship

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a series of reports on Berkmar High School basketball standout Markus Lofton as Making Headline News will chronicle his progress through his upcoming senior campaign. 


Making Headline News earlier this week took some time to observe YouTube footage of Atlanta-area prep basketball standout Markus Lofton.

Yep, surely, the kid who’s widely known as “The Old Soul” and “The Silent Assassin” is as good as advertised, a trend a flurry of college scouts and recruiters will likely discover in this, Lofton’s forthcoming final full year of high hoops.

“Markus first started playing basketball when he was three years old,” said Marlon Lofton, Markus’ father. “He would not leave the house without a basketball jersey, wrist bands, and head band on.”

Ever since his parents first introduced him to basketball, Markus Lofton has been nothing short of brilliant, especially on the ever-so-competitive ATL hoops circuit.

A 6-foot swingman who helped propel Greg Phillips’ Berkmar High team to a third place region mark of 16-13 finish in 2017-18, Markus Lofton figures to raise his level of play in what undoubtedly will be a crucial campaign for him.

Crucial in the sense that he knows full well that he’s auditioning for a full ride scholarship, something he’s dreamt about since, well, he first picked up a basketball at tender age of three.

“They’ve been very encouraging and uplifting,” said Markus Lofton, explaining his parents’ immeasurable impact on rise as one of Berkmar’s marquee players. “They always persuade me to follow my dreams.”

SOLID SUPPORTING CAST — For what’s it worth, the Loftons are confident that given their son’s immeasurable track record on the court to date, the time and work he’s invested will surely pay off with arguably his grand prize — a full ride scholarship, coupled with a college basketball uniform.

And following diligently after his dreams is certainly what this basketball-crazed kid has done throughout the years.

Coming off of a stellar junior campaign in which he was afforded the golden opportunity to play significant roles both of the varsity and junior varsity squads, Markus Lofton held his own and, a majority of the time, he exceeded his own expectations.

WATCH MARKUS LOFTON IN ACTION: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=BPzdPSgVf7Y&t=2s

For starters, he manufactured an impressive scoring average last year with 16 points per game along with four rebounds, while handing out five assists while being the only Berkmar player to see action both on JV and varsity. Add to the fact that he converted 91 percent of his free throws and shot an impressive 52 percent from three-point range, and it’s no wonder he’s already fallen under the radar of a handful of major Division 1 schools.

AUDITIONS UNDERWAY — According to Markus Lofton, Baylor, Stetson, Auburn, and Clemson are amongst the schools that have expressed interest in his services.

With others likely to follow, presuming his all-around game takes a significant upgrade this upcoming season.

According to Markus Lofton, Baylor, Stetson, Auburn, and Clemson are amongst the schools that have expressed interest in his services.

“It’s been a dream since I was younger,” Markus Lofton said of the possibility of playing major college basketball. “Basketball is all that I know and have studied, so it not being a dream wasn’t an option for me.”

As he prepares for his decisive prep season, Markus’ father, too, has stressed to his son the importance of not settling for the success he enjoyed last year. Rather, he deems it essential to often remind him on the importance of increasing his productivity and leadership qualities. 

MORE OF MARKUS LOFTON IN ACTION: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=MuYCATpagZ0&t=6s 

“To whom much is given, much is required,” said Marlon Lofton, when asked what pertinent advice he often passes along his son, whose impressive basketball resume includes playing for the Georgia Tornadoes, G- Team USA and ATL Playmakers AAU squads. “I also tell him what his great grandmother told me: ‘Let the work you do, speak for you.’ I think this is why he is always in the gym. He doesn’t miss a day in the gym with his coaches or working on his game and training.”

HOOP DREAMS — For what’s it worth, the Loftons are confident that given their son’s immeasurable track record on the court to date, the time and work he’s invested will surely pay off with arguably his grand prize — a full ride scholarship, coupled with a college basketball uniform.

For what’s it worth, the Loftons are confident that given their son’s immeasurable track record on the court to date, the time and work he’s invested will surely pay off with arguably his long-awaited grand prize — a full ride scholarship, coupled with a college basketball uniform.

And everything else that comes with it.

“He is smart, witty, and wants to study Sports Management, Education, and Health outside of basketball,” said Marlon Lofton, adding that his son boasts what he deems a high IQ and exceptional wisdom. “With sports growing the way that it does, the door for him is wide open with major opportunities.

“My wife of 31 years and I believed that he loved the sport so much, he would sit and study the game, watching his older brother (Markele) who is a good player and has graduated from Georgia State University.”

DAD KNOWS BEST — “To whom much is given, much is required,” said Marlon Lofton, when asked what pertinent advice he often passes along his son, whose impressive basketball resume includes playing for the Georgia Tornadoes, G- Team USA and ATL Playmakers AAU squads. “I also tell him what his great grandmother told me: ‘Let the work you do, speak for you.’ I think this is why he is always in the gym. He doesn’t miss a day in the gym with his coaches or working on his game and training.”

If Markus Lofton’s has his way and continues to show he’s as good as advertised, the Lofton household will soon find itself going to more college basketball games in the near future.

So stay tuned.

As evidenced by all of that impressive YouTube footage of the kid who’s widely known as “The Old Soul” and “The Silent Assassin”. 


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Attorney Ja’Nekia W. Barton vows to ‘exercise fairness and display integrity’ if elected Bolivar County Court Judge

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS ENDORSES JA’NEKIA W. BARTON FOR BOLIVAR COUNTY COURT JUDGE 


Ja’Nekia W. Barton is still very much in the prime of her career.

Interestingly, for a 34-year-old Corporate America professional, she’s undoubtedly made some remarkably brilliant strides.

Despite the assortment of hardships and challenges and hurdles about which she had to conquer, particularly raising her infant son while in graduate school, Barton steadfastly stayed true to herself and, most importantly, clung to unwavering faith in the process.

“For some odd reason, when you go through things it makes a better story,” Barton told Making Headline News this week.

DESTINY STEPS — A native of Shelby, Mississippi, Mid-South-area Attorney Ja’Nekia Barton earlier this year announced her candidacy for County Court Judge/Youth Court Judge for Bolivar County in the forthcoming election. Election Day is November 6.

Much to her delight, Barton’s sometimes rocky, turbulent journey, coupled with her quest to defy arguably the greatest of odds, are trends that have greatly positioned and empowered her to function mightily in her element as one of the Mid-South’s youngest and most resourceful attorneys.

“I cannot say I had a lot of challenges in my childhood,” Barton said. “My mother always provided the best she could.  At times, she worked two jobs to afford us a certain lifestyle.  I recall getting all the latest toys and dolls for Christmas.  We had washing machines, snow cone makers, easy baker ovens, ice cream makers and all. Sadly, I believe my mom still has most of these items until some of them burned in a recent fire.”

It is in large part because of the unyielding support of her mother along with her diligently displaying a heart for people that Barton is thoroughly convinced the time has finally come to take yet another monumental step in her illustrious career.

A native of Shelby, Mississippi, Barton earlier this year announced her candidacy for County Court Judge/Youth Court Judge for Mississippi’s Bolivar County in the forthcoming election.

Election Day is November 6.

“As your next County Court Judge, I will exercise fairness and display integrity with every decision. I will make decisions based on the facts, free from outside influence, and will not compromise on matters of good moral principle. Most importantly, I will be committed to the fostering and protection of our children.”

— Attorney Ja’Nekia W. Barton

A county that is named in honor of Simón Bolívar, an early 19th-century leader of the liberation of several South American colonies from Spain, this establishment is comprised of about 34,145 residents, according to the latest U. S. census, and covers five cities: Cleveland, Rosedale, Mound Bayou, Shaw, and Shelby.

FAMILY FOCUS — For what it’s worth, Barton acknowledged that two words typically come to mind whenever she finds herself assessing the overall landscape of her life, whenever she senses that now is the time to broaden her horizon in her notable, stellar career. “My son,” Barton, who’s also raising her niece, says without hesitation.

For Barton, who currently resides in Cleveland, Mississippi, she’s convinced that now is the time to not just vie for her first political seat. Rather, she’s thoroughly convinced it’s time to give back, thus have an immeasurable impact in the very area in which she grew up.

“I promise to be fair, trustworthy, and to protect our children,” Barton said.

Interestingly, Barton doesn’t shy away from the notion that she can surely make a huge difference amongst the millennials.

“It takes a while for some of them to register that I am a lawyer,” said Barton, referring to today’s generation. “They don’t think lawyers look like me.  They often ask my age when I say I am a lawyer.  I am actually amused by the response.  They are all tuned in. I remember getting this response when I participated in an area career fair.”

MORE ON ATTORNEY JA’NEKIA BARTON: https://www.facebook.com/BartonforBolivar/

For what it’s worth, Barton acknowledged that two words typically come to mind whenever she finds herself assessing the overall landscape of her life, whenever she senses that now is the time to broaden her horizon in her notable, stellar career.

“My son,” Barton says without hesitation. My work in the youth and county court system has made me focus on issues surrounding the youth. While I was always an active community service participant, I figured that I could do so much more with the youth. My experience as a youth court public defender highlighted the need for more caring people in the professional.”

By and large, demonstrating a servant’s heart, Barton essentially acknowledged, is absolutely imperative as she makes a strong case for solidifying such a commendable political seat.

“One of my first experiences in defending a youth was met with so much opposition — after I explained the fact that I was a licensed attorney to the youth,” Barton said. “The boy said that you are all the same and work for the system.  I was taken aback by this comment as I was trying to ask him about his goals and aspirations in life.”

BOLIVAR COUNTY FACTSA county that is named in honor of Simón Bolívar, an early 19th-century leader of the liberation of several South American colonies from Spain, this establishment is comprised of about 34,145, according to the latest U. S. census, and covers five cities: Cleveland, Rosedale, Mound Bayou, Shaw, and Shelby.

Without question, Barton is fully aware that as she lobbies for Bolivar County Judge/Youth Court Judge, being sensitive — yet firm — to the needs of youth undoubtedly is one of the political mechanics and attributes she possesses.

“In my experience with the youth court system, I always talk to the children about their goals in life,” Barton said. “I always ask, ‘How are your grades? Are you attending school regularly? What are you planning to do after high school?’ Often times, I find that no one has taken the time to tell the child that they can be anything they want…that it’s their life (and that they should) own it. And then I state the obvious: ‘Don’t let me see you back in this courtroom again.’”

Barton certainly has strong ties to the Magnolia State.

For starters, she is a 2002 graduate Broad Street High School. A longtime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Barton is an alumna of Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications (and a minor in Psychology).

In 2008, she earned a Master’s in Political Science from Jackson State, and followed that up with a Juris Doctor (or J.D.) from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Talk about a remarkably impressive resume for a 34-year-old Corporate America professional, whose best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

“As your next County Court Judge, I will exercise fairness and display integrity with every decision,” said Barton, who often thinks it necessary to utter what she deems her favorite quote, one that was coined by Frederick Douglass. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

That, after all, are amongst the reasons she’s thoroughly convinced she’s the right candidate to emerge as the next County Court Judge/Youth Court Judge for Bolivar County.

“I will make decisions based on the facts, free from outside influence and will not compromise on matters of good moral principle,” said Barton whom, at just 30 years of age, had argued successfully before the highest court in the state, Mississippi’s Supreme Court. “Most importantly, I will be committed to the fostering and protection of our children.”

Not to mention her commitment to being fair and trustworthy.

For more information Attorney Ja’Nekia W. Barton or to make a donation to her campaign, call 662.302.4236, or write to: The Committee to Elect Ja’Nekia W. Barton for Bolivar County Court Judge at: Post Office Box 1917, Cleveland, Mississippi 38614. Also, send email to: bartonforcountyjudge@gmail.com.


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Notable authors Dr. Shantuan Coleman Taylor and Dr. Delmar Lee’s new book providing ‘crucial information’ for those pursuing doctoral degrees

DALLAS — First, there was Judy Blume.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX — To her credit, Dr. Shantuan Coleman Taylor had ultimately found her niche as a writer, a development that eventually gave way to her assembling an informative, compelling book entitled, “I Have A PhD; Now What?”

Then there was Paula Danziger.

Then Zane. Then E. Lynn Harris. And Eric Jerome Dickey and Victoria Christopher Murray.

Oh, and let’s not forget Leroy Coleman and Doris Coleman Micheaux.

As it pertains to the competitive world of authorship, these are the notable individuals who have had a monumental impact on Dr. Shantuan Coleman Taylor, an accomplished and gifted Dallas/Fort Worth-area author.

“I have always wanted to be an author since reading the Judy Blume’s book, ‘Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret,’” Dr. Taylor, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said, referring to Blume’s classic books of the 1970s.

MORE ON DR. SHANTUAN COLEMAN TAYLOR:  www.drshantuanspeaks.com

To her credit, Dr. Taylor had ultimately found her niche as a writer, a development that eventually gave way to her assembling an informative, compelling book entitled, “I Have A PhD; Now What?”

An independent published written document that officially hit the market in June 2018, Dr. Taylor co-authored this 53-page project with Dr. Delmar Lee, whom she appropriately refers to as a her “PhD buddy.”

In these authors’ “I Have A PhD; Now What?,” amongst the pivotal observations they eloquently address is devising strategic ways to embrace the next notable faze of her life now that she has acquired a doctorate degree.

“I have completed the PhD (phase) and I am ready for the next step,” these writers ask, according to thorough description of her book at Amazon.com. “What is it? Many people begin and complete the PhD program and, at the completion of the program, stand dazed with a wealth of time on their hands, because they do not know what to do next.”

An independent published written document that officially hit the market in June 2018, Dr. Taylor co-authored this 53-page project with Dr. Delmar Lee, whom she appropriately refers to as a her “PhD buddy.”

In a nutshell, this practically explains, Drs. Taylor and  Lee acknowledge, why their book is so prevalent — and needed — for such a time as now.

“In most countries around the world, the PhD is the ticket into academia,” they said. In the United States, there are more PhD’s than any other country in the world. However, possessing a PhD is not a guarantee to become a professor. (And), according to the economist, the amount of jobs available for the PhD is not commensurate with the amount of people who are getting the degree. Are there exceptions to this phenomenon? Do I really need a PhD? This is the question that most interested PhD learners should ask themselves before they begin the PhD journey.”

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A native of nearby Fort Worth who is widely known also as an engineer, professor, entrepreneur, and an interior designer with who writing focus is primarily on non-fiction projects, Dr. Taylor’s book addresses, among other things, a host of key issues and subjects people would want to know before, during, and after having earned their PhD.

Dr. Taylor’s professional resume includes having worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center for 10 years as an engineer, as well as having assumed a position in Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering as an Associate Director.
In addition, she served as Director of the Center for Computational Sciences on the University of Houston’s Downtown campus, was as Adjunct Professor for Houston’s Lone Star College and Houston Community College, and an online professor at  Grand Canyon and Argosy Universities.

 

“I just want to see others be culturally responsible and excel to the PhD level and glean some personal power to have a community impact,” said Dr. Taylor, whose desire to compose her new book was fueled by several colleagues, her mental life coach, Pastor Darolyn Brock, not to mention her sorority sister, Dr. Deana Irvin, who recently joined her in the illustrious ranks of PhD. “Most importantly, I want (PhD holders) to believe in themselves and their God-given talents.”

A book that provides successful candidates what Dr. Taylor describes as “crucial information” needed before enrolling in a doctoral program, “I Have A PhD; Now What?” is available for purchase as Amazon.com, several bookstores, or by visiting www.drshantuanspeaks.com.

For more information about Author Dr. Shantuan Coleman Taylor, Dr. Delmar Lee, or to schedule them for a public appearance or speaking engagement, log on to: www.drshantuanspeaks.com or email her at: askme@DrShantuanSpeaks.com. Also, connect with her via social media at: Facebook: @DrShantuan or Shantuan Coleman Taylor; Twitter: @DrShantuan; Instagram: @DrShantuan.

 

 

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Former Arena Football star Johnny Loper a candidate in seven categories in DeSoto Times-Tribune’s Best 2017

There’s no other way to put it.

Johnny Loper has always been a team player.

AND THE WINNER IS — A native of Waynesboro, Mississippi and the owner of Jay Lo Fitness in Olive Branch, Mississippi, Johnny Loper’s notable entrepreneurship resume appropriately found its way on a much larger platform, considering he has been nominated as a finalist in seven categories in the upcoming “DeSoto Times-Tribune’s Best 2017” awards ceremony. A former Arena Football League star, Loper is pictured with his wife, Weslynne Loper.

Surely, he was a team player during his football playing days, most notably for Wayne County High, South Carolina State University, as well as during his stellar career in the Arena Football League.

To his distinctly unique credit, even after calling it a playing career, Loper has gone to great lengths to demonstrate the proverbial team player concept, especially as a thriving, progressive entrepreneur.

A native of Waynesboro, Mississippi and the owner of Jay Lo Fitness in Southaven, Mississippi, Loper’s notable entrepreneurship resume appropriately found its way on a much larger platform, considering he has been nominated as a finalist in seven categories in the upcoming “DeSoto Times-Tribune’s Best 2017” awards ceremony.

Voting for nominees began on December 11 and runs through January 11, 2018.

A competition that is comprised of approximately 200 categories, voters will be allowed to cast their ballots on an assortment of categories, most notably their favorites in food and drink, automotive, shopping, services, community, health, and beauty and fitness, among others. The votes will determine the best of the best in DeSoto County, the third-most populous county in Mississippi with a population of 161,252, according to the latest U. S. census.

VOTE HERE FOR JOHNNY LOPER, Y’ALL: http://desotosbest.com/best-of-desoto-times/

For Loper, 41, a fitness guru whose experience spans more than 20 years, he has been named a nominee in seven categories: Best Gym And Fitness Center, Best Place To Sweat, Best Personal Trainer, Best Zumba Class, Best Yoga Class (DwiPada Yoga), Best Spin Class, and Best Facebook Page.

ALL AMERICAN BUSINESS OWNER — For Loper, 41, a fitness guru whose experience spans more than 20 years, he has been named a nominee in seven categories: Best Gym And Fitness Center, Best Place To Sweat, Best Personal Trainer, Best Zumba Class, Best Yoga Class (DwiPada Yoga), Best Spin Class, and Best Facebook Page.

“This is not about me at all,” Loper, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said when asked what’s so intriguing about his latest array of honors. “This is totally about the team of people that trust us to keep them inspired while keeping the gift of health affordable. I’m praying that the recognition we receive for being champions for our community inspire others to go after their passion with a purpose drive mindset.”

Located at 1310B Goodman Road Southaven, Mississippi, Jay Lo Fitness is widely known as a brand that demonstrates love, unity, diversity, opportunity and hope, Loper explained.

In addition, its fitness and nutrition entities are deemed a “small fraction” for what Jay Lo Fitness stands for. Interestingly, Loper’s venture offers fitness, nutrition, youth sports training, Zumba and dance, spin, yoga and motivational speaking seminars.

MORE ON JAY LO FITNESS: https://jaylo8.wixsite.com/jaylofitness

All things considered, Loper doesn’t away from the notion that his business would not have enjoyed sustained success if not for the valiant, unyielding support of his wife and featured team player, Weslynne Loper.

The couple has two children, both of whom are student athletes (Seven-year-old JT Loper and five-year-old Jalynne Loper).

“My wife’s support has been everything to our success,” Johnny Loper said. “This process has not been easy, and there have been a lot of sleepless nights. Our faith never wavered, and (it means a lot) to hear her say, ‘Just keep going, Johnny… ‘Do you believe in what you doing Johnny? Well Just Keep Going.’”

Long before he became an entrepreneurial success, Loper was a multi-sport athlete at Wayne County High, most notably in football, which ultimately led to him signing a National Letter of Intent to play at South Carolina State.

MAD SKILLS — Long before he became an entrepreneurial success, Loper was a multi-sport athlete at Wayne County High, most notably in football, which ultimately led to him signing a National Letter of Intent to play at South Carolina State University.

His collegiate stint was highlighted by him earning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All Conference honors as a kick and punt returner, as well as being named the team’s Most Valuable Player for his position three times.

For what it’s worth, Loper emphasized that his past athletic success, in some aspects, has brought about a solid competitive drive, or sorts, as a longtime and accomplished business owner.

“Being competitive in sports is a lot different than being competitive in business,” Loper said. “In my sports, it was just using my talents and gifts that I was given in order to get to a certain point in my life. In my business, it’s all about now fulfilling my purpose in life and that’s to serve and inspire others.

RETURNING THE FAVOR — To his credit, Loper not only has inspired countless individuals with whom he has crossed paths through his business but, for his immeasurable efforts, it seem they are destined to extend to him a vote of thanks — by way of the forthcoming “DeSoto Times-Tribune’s Best 2017.”

To his credit, Loper not only has inspired countless individuals with whom he has crossed paths through his business but, for his immeasurable efforts, it seems they are destined to extend to him a vote of thanks — by way of the forthcoming “DeSoto Times-Tribune’s Best 2017.”

“Being a leader in this community, it’s very important that we keep doing what we are doing, because the importance of fitness is being lost with the ‘I’ mentality,” said Loper, who has business-related event scheduled in Jackson, Mississippi on January 13. “With the help of social media, there are so many fitness experts, motivational speakers, and look at me…I’m fit (for those) type of trainers. I feel that the people that struggle with weight loss, eating disorders, low self-esteem, and comparison, leave most people feeling like failures. Therefore this person would rather not even try, because no one likes to feel defeated.”

By and large, through Jay Lo Fitness, everyone wins, Loper acknowledged.

“What I’m most grateful about today are all the people that have allowed me to continue building Jay Lo Fitness while at the same time being a husband and a hands-on dad with my kids,” Loper said.

Yep, there’s no other way to put it.

Johnny Loper has always been a team player.

 

JOHNNY LOPER’S NOTABLE ACCOLADES 

Published Author of book,  “Fired Up, Ready To Go”

Nike Contract for Eight Years

Featured as Memphis’ Fox 13 and News Channel 3 Fitness Expert (2005- through 2013)

Member of Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce

Keynote Speaker for Desoto County Business Women’s Association (two years in a row)

AdvoCare’s Rising Star Award

Four-time winner of Desoto County  Best “Personal Trainer Award”

Producer of Jay Lo Fitness Express Workout DVD

Starred in Advocare Nutrition Can U 24 Workout DVD

Pinnacle Professional Member in Who’s Who in Health And Wellness

Featured in New York ICE Magazine as one of the top Fitness Professionals in America

 

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Virginia-based businesswoman Dr. Sabrina Watson impacting lives as a developmental relationship expert, motivational speaker

WALKING IN HER DESTINY — A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, Dr. Sabrina Watson is an accomplished Developmental Relationship Expert, a venture that has afforded her with the golden opportunity to function as a life coach and motivational speaker, a researcher, as well as put her notable gifts through authorship on display. In addition, Dr. Watson’s business venture allows her to operate as a  Positive Youth Development Expert and as a Parenting Coach.

If, in fact, experience is the best teacher, surely, Dr. Sabrina Watson can greatly attest to this intriguing notion.

Consider, for instance, how Dr. Watson, 46, was brought up in a single-parent home only to find herself encountering a similar trend as a devoted single mother of two.

What was the strategic, most effective attribute that has greatly enabled Dr. Watson to persevere and enjoy sustained success as a single mom?

“My faith through the years provided me with the wisdom I needed to make the right decisions for my family as a single mother,” Dr. Watson told Making Headline News this week.

REMEMBERING DAD — While she undoubtedly has the qualifications to bask in the glory of what has evolved as a progressive and thriving business venture, amongst the things about which Dr. Watson can greatly attest is that she’s aware of what it is like to endure situations in which she had no choice but to demonstrate strength under pressure. Consider, once again, how Dr. Watson had endured arguably the darkest hours of her life when her husband passed away, a disheartening development that swiftly gave way to her assuming the single mother label, all while exhausting every options to pick up the broken pieces in the lives of her then 10-and-five-year-old children.

Add to the fact that Dr. Watson is armed with a wealth of experience as a former educator, coupled with the influential and effective single-parent environment in which she grew up, and it’s no wonder this Virginia Beach-based businesswoman has become a fixture in a venture that has proven to have an resourceful impact on countless individuals, particularly those who share similar experiences.

A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, Dr. Watson is an accomplished Developmental Relationship Expert, a venture that has afforded her with the golden opportunity to function as a life coach and motivational speaker, a researcher, as well as put her notable gifts through authorship on display.

In addition, Dr. Watson’s business venture allows her to operate as a  Positive Youth Development Expert and as a Parenting Coach.

A business that is a little more than five years removed since its inception, Dr. Watson’s venture accommodates mostly individuals and groups ranging in ages 28-to-65. Also, she assists educators ranging in ages 30-to-60, as well as church youth leaders, community leaders, and a variety of other organizations.

Widely known as the Founder of Family Resources for Positive Youth Development, Dr. Watson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience through a business she began organizing in 2012.

Amongst her notable responsibilities and objectives through her profession is to provide consultation, training, speaking, and coaching on youth development to parents, schools, youth-serving organizations, foundations, and governmental agencies, among others.

“It is my desire to generate a movement that will redirect our nation’s attitude about our youth,” Dr. Watson explained. “My mission is to empower parents, youth leaders, and educators with my online courses, live webinars, and speaking.”

Interesting enough, this former public school instructor is armed with the educational credentials that have contributed mightily to her knowledge and continuous success as a resourceful businesswoman.

Dr. Watson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Early Childhood Education, and a doctorate on in Human Services with a special emphasis in Family Studies and Intervention strategies.

While she undoubtedly has the qualifications to bask in the glory of what has evolved as a progressive and thriving business venture, amongst the things about which Dr. Watson can greatly attest is that she’s fully aware of what it is like to endure situations in which she had no choice but to demonstrate strength under pressure.

Consider, once again, how Dr. Watson had endured arguably the darkest hours of her life when her husband passed away, a disheartening development that swiftly gave way to her assuming the single mother label — all while exhausting every option to pick up the broken pieces in the lives of her then-10-and-five-year-old children.

Dr. Watson served as an ambassador for the initial John Maxwell Youth Leadership Impact Summit, during which she helped assemble thousands of youth nationwide ranging in ages 12-to-18 whereby she was afforded the opportunity to equip them with leadership and self-confidence skills to increase their capabilities in the four key areas: Bullying, Positive Self-Image, Personal Character, and Unity.

Besides her relentless and bend-but-don’t-break faith, Dr. Watson credits her years of experience in the classroom and as a youth advocate for greatly enabling her to keep her household intact.

“These experiences influenced my decision to utilize my expert knowledge and practical experience in child development and parenting to inspire others through success coaching, speaking, and educational training,” Dr. Watson said.

MOM KNOWS BEST — Widely known as the Founder of Family Resources for Positive Youth Development, Dr. Watson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience through her business venture she began organizing in 2012. Amongst her notable responsibilities and objectives through her profession is to provide consultation, training, speaking, and coaching on youth development to parents, schools, youth-serving organizations, foundations, and governmental agencies, among others.

A business that is a little more than five years removed since its inception, Dr. Watson’s venture accommodates mostly individuals and groups ranging in ages 28-to-65. Also, she assists educators ranging in ages 30-to-60, as well as church youth leaders, community leaders, and a variety of other organizations, she said.

To her credit, Dr. Watson’s experience extends far beyond the walls of the classroom, considering she has worked on the John Maxwell Youth Leadership International Committee of Professional Speakers, Teachers, and Coaches in 2012.

FAMILY FOCUS — Add to the fact that Dr. Watson is armed with a wealth of experience as a former educator, coupled with the single-parent environment in which she grew up, and it’s no wonder this Virginia Beach-based businesswoman has become a fixture in a venture that has proven to have an influential impact on countless individuals, particularly those who share a similar experiences.

Moreover, she served as an ambassador for the initial John Maxwell Youth Leadership Impact Summit, during which she helped assemble thousands of youth nationwide ranging in ages 12-to-18, whereby she was afforded the opportunity to equip them with leadership and self-confidence skills to increase their capabilities in the four key areas: Bullying, Positive Self-Image, Personal Character, and Unity.

All things considered, Dr. Watson’s has enjoyed sustained success through her venture, in large part because her reputation is such that she is committed to helping establishing healthy homes — one home at time.

A TRUE INSPIRATION — All things considered, Dr. Watson’s has enjoyed sustained success through her venture, in large part because her reputation is such that she is committed to helping establishing healthy homes – one home at time.

“My mission is the development of healthy families, schools, and communities where children and youth can thrive,” said Dr. Watson, whose current itinerary includes a speaking engagement at the January 2018 Black CEO Womanpreneur Event in Tampa, Florida. “(My mission is) helping young people reach their full potential by providing critical skills and information that will equip and empower the professional adults who lead them.

“I aim to reach the coming generation of leaders by creating conditions for success so that all young people have the opportunity to succeed in school and life,” Dr. Watson added. “My mission is to help give communities and individuals the tools and knowledge to effectively work together to support young people.”

Because after all, she reiterated, “Life experiences have been my greatest teachers.”

Which, to her distinctly credit, sums up why she has become the influential, big-hearted figure for which she is widely known.

 

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