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Young Dayton, Ohio businesswoman Tara Brown walking fervently in her purpose as an entrepreneur


I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. (Ecclesiastes 9:11 NIV)


BROWN HOLDIN’ IT DOWN

DESTINY STEPS — Now that she has overcome an array of odds, now that she is walking fervently in her divine purpose, there’s no turning back for 29-year-old Ohio entrepreneur Tara Brown, who is the owner and CEO of Metiamay Visions.

Tara Brown fielded the question as if she expected it.

“I failed lots of times before getting here,” Brown, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, when asked how her competitive drive fueled her desire to start a business. “I started several other businesses before getting to this point of where I have success. My will to never give up, faith in God, and the determination to never work for anyone again brought me here.”

Now that she’s arrived, now that she has overcome an array of odds, now that she is walking fervently in her divine purpose, there’s no turning back for this 29-year-old entrepreneur, who is the owner and CEO of Metiamay Visions.

MORE ON TARA BROWN’S BUSINESS: https://metiamayvisions.com/

A business that officially went into operations earlier this year, Brown’s Dayton, Ohio-based Metiamay Visions has become a globally-acclaimed fixture as the home of professional refined designs and images.

You name it, her company does it, creating virtually everything from:

  • Business Cards

  • Banners (vinyl or car door, magnets or mouse pads

  • E-Flyers (promo dds)

  • Custom Invitations

  • Media Imaging and Portrait Framing

  • Media Flyers

  • Website Building and Branding

  • Real Image Logos

  • Commercial Vinyl Banners

  • Book Cover Designs

  • Brochures

  • Business Starter Pro (Small Business Branding/Development)

  • Trademark and LLC Registration and,

  • Design You (“Anything not listed above that you want to customize such as spiral bound notebooks or custom made cards and more,” Brown said).


“I like my business, because I get to do everything I’ve always wanted to do in my business,” Brown said. “I apply my natural skill for business and communicating with the world. I am free to be as creative as I want. There are no limits and I get to travel, seeing the world, bringing my services to those who have never heard about me, or maybe they are looking for a better way to get services and not pay those ridiculous overrated prices that my competitors offer.”

A native of Detroit, amongst the things about which Brown is extremely grateful is that she steadfastly stepped out on faith in delving off into entrepreneurship.

Prior to starting Metiamay Visions, Brown had assumed the role of a freelance graphic designer for approximately three years.

“I decided that enough was enough and I put all my life skills and different job experiences into one space and Metiamay Visions was born,” Brown said.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

FOLLOWING GOD’S PLAN 

Today, Brown’s rising venture accommodates small business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate companies, and services individuals and groups, ranging from the ages of their mid-20’s through their late 60’s.

And, to her credit, her brilliant expertise has given way to her having been afforded the golden opportunity to put her immeasurable skills on display in a host of establishments, including Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Arkansas, Texas, Georgia, and Alabama, among other places.

Because she’s fully persuaded she’s fulfilling the purpose for which God created her, Brown is confident the sky’s undoubtedly the limit for her newly-erected business.


“I enjoy this work, because it’s something that I love doing and I get to help everyday people grow their dream as well through the work they request from my business,” Brown said. “I’ve launched about five successful online and ecommerce businesses through my work. I’m changing the world one person at a time by starting and changing one new business at a time with my designs and images.”

Behind the unyielding support of her husband, David Brown — whom Brown said told her, “My husband says I should have done this a long time ago and he’s right” — this young Ohio businesswoman said the pivotal factor for starting her business came from a gallery of her peers.

“(I kept) hearing others just like me, who were lost and confused and not knowing where to start to get their business or professional image for their business at,” Brown explained. So I have to say from within.”

Now that Metiamay Visions is up and running, Brown appears destined to go full throttle with her starting lineup of endeavors, which include her being an accomplished author, who’s preparing to release her second book later this year.

JUST WARMING UP — Now that Metiamay Visions is up and running, Brown appears destined to g full throttle with her starting lineup of endeavors, which include her being an accomplished author, who’s preparing to release her second book later this year.

In addition, she’s scheduled to attend business expos in the foreseeable future in Chicago, Phoenix, and Atlanta, and she recently spoke at Ohio Media School, during which she enlightened students on the field of media and introduced them her services.

“I welcomed my first group of interns that are now a part of my team,” Brown said of her recent visit to that institution.

For what it’s worth, Brown is blessed of the notion that she stayed true to herself, stayed the course, trusted the process and, most of all, followed her dreams.

“I’m glad I’m finally exposed, because now people know it’s official. I’m a successful businesswoman now,” Brown said.

Fielding the question as if she expected it.


For more information about Dayton, Ohio-based Businesswoman/Author Tara Brown of Metiamay Visions, or to schedule her for a public appearance, book signing, or speaking engagement, call 877.446.2634, or connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/tarasophiabrown. Also, send email to: metiamayvisions@gmail.com.


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

Mother of slain NBA player to be keynote speaker at C. L. Tim Williams’ Seventh Annual Black & White Affair Banquet November 10.

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES C. L. WILLIAMS 


In case you don’t know him, C. L. Tim Williams would like to introduce himself.

A 56-year-old native of Cincinnati, Williams — who’s original name is Chester Williams, though he’s widely known as “C. L.” — is a military veteran who served as a U. S. Navy chief.

A longtime Mid-Southerner, Williams currently functions as a federal civil servant, whereby he works for the U. S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (or OFCCP) as an Equal Opportunity Specialist and Compliance Officer.

TEN-NES-SEE HIS SUCCESSAn accomplished businessman and ambassador for the Memphis metropolitan area, C. L. Williams is founder and chief executive officer of Always Giving Back Memphis, Inc., a local non-profit organization that centers largely on philanthropic goals, most notably charitable, educational, religious, or other activities that strategically serves the public interest or common good.

An accomplished businessman and ambassador for the Memphis metropolitan area, Williams is founder and chief executive officer of Always Giving Back Memphis, Inc., a local non-profit organization that centers largely on philanthropic goals, most notably charitable, educational, religious, or other activities that strategically serves the public interest or common good.

“Giving back to the community gives us a pleasant feeling of connectedness and satisfaction,” said a spokesperson in a detailed description of this institution on the Giving Back Memphis, Inc. Facebook page.

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When asked how his competitive drive in life propelled him for his business venture, Williams, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, “It was not really a competitive drive in life that propelled me for my business venture, but more so an altruistic commitment to duty to community and humanity for the blessings bestowed upon me.”

To his credit, Williams’ reputation is such that he routinely goes to great lengths to give back to the community.

In a big way, too.

CREATING A MEDIA BUZZ — When asked how his competitive drive in life propelled him for his business venture, Williams, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, “It was not really a competitive drive in life that propelled me for my business venture, but more so an altruistic commitment to duty to community and humanity for the blessings bestowed upon me.”

On November, Williams will hold his Seventh Annual Black & White Affair Banquet from 6 to 10 p.m. CST at the Esplanade Memphis, located at 901 Cordova Station Avenue in Cordova.

Deemed an unforgettable evening of dining, fellowship, giveaways, live music, networking, and getting to know Always Giving Back, this event will benefit the Community For A Greater Memphis Parents Of Murdered Children Chapter.

Deborah Marion, the mother of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright, will be the keynote speaker.

Drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, Wright is a former University of Memphis star, who enjoyed a 13-year NBA career that also included stints with the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

REMEMBERING HER FIRST LOVE — Deborah Marion, the mother of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright, will be the keynote speaker. Drafted with the seventh overall in the 1996 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, Wright, a former University of Memphis star, enjoyed a 13-year NBA career that was also included stints with the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers. In a July 2010, Wright was killed and his body was found on July 28 in a wooded area on Callis Cutoff Road, just west of Hacks Cross Road. On December 15, 2017, Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright-Robinson, was arrested in California in connection with the murder.

In a July 2010, Wright was killed and his body was found on July 28 in a wooded area on Callis Cutoff Road, just west of Hacks Cross Road.

On December 15, 2017, Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright-Robinson, was arrested in California in connection with the murder.

As for his forthcoming Black & White Affair Banquet, Williams emphasized, among other things, that the Memphis chapter will aid mostly the underserved parents of murdered children and siblings, particularly assisting them to navigate through the grief process and through the criminal justice system.

Williams’ Always Giving Back Memphis, Inc. has been serving Greater Memphis since 2006 and became a full fledge non-profit organization in 2014.

MORE ON ALWAYS GIVING BACK MEMPHIS, INC: 
www.alwaysgivingback.org

“It is imperative that I esteem and inspire others as often as opportunities exist, because to whom much is given, much is required,” said Williams, whose organization also offers free seminars on basic financial literacy, effective public speaking, and prostate cancer awareness and screening, as well as raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Society can be very cruel to disenfranchised and underserved people, and to ensure they are provided opportunities to thrive and become productive members of society, it is my reasonable service to advocate for them.”

As for his personal mission for having adopted a passion for giving back, Williams acknowledged that it all goes back to what he describes as his “humble beginnings.”

“I been blessed by having a pretty successful life,” Williams said. “My personal mission is to give back and serve at every possible opportunity.”

NEVER FORGET TO REMEMBER — As for his forthcoming Black & White Affair Banquet, Williams emphasized, among other things, that the Memphis chapter will aid mostly the underserved parents of murdered children and siblings, particularly assisting them to navigate through the grief process and through the criminal justice system.

Currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organization Development from Colorado Technical University, Williams earned a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University in St. Louis.

Prior to that, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Ministry from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.

For more information about Mid-South-area Businessman C. L. Tim Williams, to inquire about tickets for the Seventh Annual Black & White Affair Banquet, or to make donations to Always Giving Back Memphis, Inc., call 757.618.7648, or write to: 7586 Elpine Gray Drive Arlington, Tennessee 38002-8525. Also, connect with him via social media: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AGBMemphisHQ/, or send email to: agbmem@gmail.com.


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

Houston entrepreneur Lisa Woods making her presence felt as CEO of Integrity Apparel, LLC

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES LISA WOODS


Lisa Woods’ reputation is such that she undoubtedly is a woman of integrity.

This notion especially rings true in her notable entrepreneurship endeavors.

“What I love about my designs are the reactions I get from the people whom I design for,” Woods told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “When I see and hear the excitement, it let me know that I am fulfilling the vision.”

The vision to which Woods is alluding is the one that headlines her up-and-coming business venture as the owner and CEO of Integrity Apparel, LLC.

MORE ON LISA WOODS’ INTEGRITY APPAREL, LLC: https://integ-app.com

CALLING ALL CELEBS — A newly-established Houston-based venture that is officially in full operations, Lisa Woods’ Integrity Apparel centered largely on birthing the vision of consumers, not to mention enabling the world to see what Woods deems the “integrity and character of all facets of the people,” most notably those she customarily showcases within her designs.

A newly-established Houston-based venture that is officially in full operations, Woods’ Integrity Apparel is centered largely on birthing the vision of consumers, not to mention enabling the world to see what Woods deems the “integrity and character of all facets of the people,” most notably those she customarily showcases within her designs.

A business that is steadily making a strong case to emerging as an internationally fixture much sooner than later, Woods doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s strategically devising ways to target and grasp the attention of high profile celebrities and celebrity athletes, etc.


“I have always been curious about what’s behind the athlete, the actor, the business mogul, the iconic figure, the neighborhood leader. So as I get to know the subject of my design, I am able to help the world see past the cover of what they see.” — Lisa Woods, CEO of Integrity Apparel, LLC


To her credit, Woods’ uniquely-assembled apparel venture isn’t something she came up with on a moment’s notice. Much to her delight, this endeavor is something about which she has invested a great amount of time.

“I have been building and setting goals for years on a specific line of clothing,” said Woods, whose business caters to people of all ages, as well as various cultures and nationalities. “However, just recently, I have discovered a process through a great friend and designer who has inspired me to move forward with my dream.”

And moving forward with her business is exactly what she’s doing in this, an ever-so-competitive apparel industry.

MAKING MASSIVE HEADLINES — “What I love about my designs are the reactions I get from the people whom I design for,” Woods told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “When I see and hear the excitement, it let me know that I am fulfilling the vision.”

Not only is she moving forward in a relatively impressive fashion, but she’s steadily devising ways to set her brand apart from others similar to it.

“In everything I do, I wish to always inspire others, both young and older, to follow their dreams and fulfill their goals,” said Woods, a native of Athens, Texas whose entrepreneurship tenure spans more than two decades. “We are all born to fulfill a destiny, but we must all take that first step to greatness and success.”

Fortunately for Woods, a graduate of Sunset High School’s Class of 1979, her immeasurable business-related mechanics have greatly given way to her walking diligently in her destiny.

That, to her credit, is no surprise, considering she is widely regarded as a woman of integrity.

PUTTING IN WORK — To her credit, Woods’ uniquely-assembled apparel venture isn’t something she came up with on a moment’s notice. Much to her delight, this endeavor is something about which she has invested a great amount of time.

“My personal goal in delivering such designs is to be a catalyst of expression for the world,” said Woods, a University of North Texas alum. “I am proud to showcase my business that I love.”

And not just showcase it. But rather she’s proud to share it on a worldwide display, accompanied by an array of integrity.

“But on a larger scale,” she said, “my dream and goal of helping others live a better life and find hope and promise is indeed the gift. I have been given (a great opportunity) to be a part of such a phenomenal humanitarian platform.”One that is steadily making a strong case to emerging as an internationally fixture.

Much sooner than later.

For more information Houston-area Businesswoman Lisa Woods, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: Lisa Woods. Also, connect with her at: https://integ-app.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.

Memphis author Darryl Carr proving to be an exceptional role model to our youth as evidenced by his new book

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTES MILITARY VETERAN DARRYL CARR 


Ever since his childhood days of growing up in Gary, Indiana — a town that is approximately 25 miles from downtown Chicago, a town that is the native establishment of The Jackson 5, a family of musicians who influenced the sound of modern popular music — Darryl Carr steadfastly stayed true to himself.

Just like the globally-acclaimed Jacksons, amongst the things about which Carr was determined was not to become a product of his environment.

POETIC JUSTICE FOR ALL — Widely known as a giftedly talented poet, former U. S. Navy sailor, Darrl Carr is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Life Pages: A Poetic Path To Self-Empowerment,” an informative and compelling project that made its official presence on the market on June 20, 2018.

“Lord don’t move the mountain, just give me the strength to climb. And if you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there,” Carr, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, uttered for probably the umpteenth time.

Much to his delight, Carr, an accomplished and devoted military veteran, has gone to great lengths to not just climb, but to conquer arguably the grandest of mountains that life customarily had placed in his paths.

“I listened to hundreds of inner-city men and women from all over the United States on the issues that affected them the most, be it good or bad,” said Carr, recalling the assortment of memorable conversations in which he engaged during his two-plus-decade stint as a United States Navy sailor. “Some of these stories made me laugh and made me cry. But I listened, which we don’t do anymore.”

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To grasp a thorough understanding of why Carr essentially has steered clear of such potentially discouraging conversations from the past, look no further than how he’s gone about putting it faith on display, most notably through his immeasurable gifts as an author.

Widely known as a giftedly talented poet, Carr is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Life Pages: A Poetic Path To Self-Empowerment,” an informative and compelling project that made its official presence on the market on June 20, 2018.

A book that is comprised of 120 pages, Carr’s “Life Pages: A Poetic Path To Self-Empowerment” is widely regarded as an anthology of stories, many of which are written in what this writer has dubbed the “hearts of the voiceless and the faithless,” as mentioned in a detailed description of his book at http://authorwebservices-xl.net/US/780900/.

LEAST HE FORGET — Ever since his days of growing up in Gary, Indiana — a town that is approximately 25 miles from downtown Chicago, a town that is the native establishment of The Jackson 5, a family of musicians who influenced the sound of modern popular music — Carr steadfastly stayed true to himself.

Not only that, Carr’s “Life Pages: A Poetic Path To Self-Empowerment” is what this gifted writer has also labeled a poetic path to self-empowerment with the will to survive all obstacles in one’s path, he emphasized.

“These stories — or poems — are feelings from the ghettos across this nation and the shores of the tear ducks on the faces of the black mothers who lose their children due to the senseless murders on our urban streets,” said a spokesperson for Carr’s book at http://authorwebservices-xl.net/US/780900/. “I trust that, among other things, you will come away with the distinct understanding of the thought processes of the inner-city youth and the day-to-day struggles of growing up in today’s society. This is a quest to figure out where the black youth belongs in this swath of earth called America.”

PASSING THE TORCH — Acknowledging, among other things, that we must be role models to “children and not just our children,” the feedback for Carr’s “Life Pages: A Poetic Path To Self-Empowerment” has been overwhelmingly favorable, as expected.

As Carr explained, God introduced him to the awe-inspiring vision some 20 years ago to assemble his book, one that has turned the heads of many for all the right reasons in such a brief timeframe since its release.

“I captured their reality in the diary of my heart,” said Carr, still recalling those memorable conversations from his days of serving the country. “I arrived at this cross road, “We’re from different hoods, but the same streets. Listening to their pages of life, it ignited a fire in my heart to tell their stories in a poetic form while embracing our past. Let’s be brutally frank and acknowledge that many of our kids are following in the same crippled footsteps and tell-tale footprints laid down by black-on-black crime, often in the turbulent wake of poor parental guidance, and indifference. If we don’t re-double our commitment to bettering their lot in life, we’re equally as culpable for their eventual outcomes.”

Acknowledging, among other things, that we must be role models to “children and not just our children,” the feedback for Carr’s “Life Pages: A Poetic Path To Self-Empowerment” has been overwhelmingly favorable, as expected.

FAITH ON TRIAL — To grasp a thorough understanding of why Carr essentially has steered clear of such potentially discouraging conversations from the past, look no further than how he’s gone about putting it faith on display, most notably through his immeasurable gifts as an author.

“Several people bought the book and said they couldn’t put it down…even reading it at work on break,” Carr said. “(They) want to post a couple of poems on their Facebook page. I had a woman posting the poem, ‘Black Diamond,’ in her little girls’ room, because it was inspiring. A man said the poem, ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” made him drop a tear for our children.”

Having begun writing over two decades ago, Carr contends that he never envisioned becoming an author, let alone one who’s making a strong case that he destined to have a global impact.

For years to come, mind you.

“(I was) just writing down laughter and pain while (reminiscing on) the stories I was listening to,” Carr said. “(Then) God got His fingerprints all over me and my pad in doing this book.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

“My message to (my reading) audience is simple and Dr. (Martin Luther) King Jr. said it best: ‘There’s nothing in all the world more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. You have the morale obligation to be intelligent. We must teach our kids to strive for excellence and don’t move the mountain. Give them strength to climb.’”

Something this notable military-veteran-turned-writer has done masterfully.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED — Having begun writing over two decades ago, Carr contends that he never envisioned becoming an author, let alone one who’s making a strong case that he destined to have a global impact.

Ever since he left good ole Gary, Indiana.

“God should’ve cut me off years ago, yet and still, He allowed me to be a beacon of light to the inner city as an African American child…while their father’s locked behind bars…and mankind,” Carr said.

Little did he realize, God had strategically set him aside for his use — even when he was too young to full understand.

For more information about Mid-South-area Author Darryl Carr, or to schedule him for a public appearance, book signing or speaking engagement, connect with him via social media under: Darryl Carr. Also, send email to: darrylraycarr2323@gmail.com


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

Los Angeles author Janice Freeman’s “She Got Up” attracting constant rave reviews since its November 2017 release

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTES AUTHOR JANICE FREEMAN 


Janice Freeman wasted little time obeying the Voice of God.

In fact, for a lack of better words, when God specifically commanded that Freeman get up, that’s exactly what she did.

“God said, ‘Do the book. It’s time,’” Freeman told Making Headline News this week.

The book to which Freeman is alluding is the awe-inspiring written document entitled, “She Got Up: One Woman’s True-Life Testimony Of How She Got Up.”

A book that is comprised of 80 pages in length and was officially released on November 10, 2017, Freeman’s “She Got Up” recalls what this brilliantly resourceful writer describes as a series of “inexplicable, supernatural attacks” against her life.

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DEFYING ALL ODDS“In “She Got Up,” Los Angeles-based author Janice Freeman talks about the harrowing, near catastrophes, which tried to destroy her life and how she clung to God moment by moment,” said a spokesperson in a rather descriptive, provocative breakdown of Freeman’s book at Amazon.com. “Within each experience, you’ll see the in-your-face proof of God’s deliverance, bringing her to the safe harbor of His protection.”

Not only that, Freeman, in turn, was left to fight back the only way she knew how — by way of the supernatural forces of God.

“In “She Got Up,” Freeman talks about the harrowing, near catastrophes, which tried to destroy her life and how she clung to God moment by moment,” said a spokesperson in a rather descriptive, provocative breakdown of Freeman’s book at Amazon.com. “Within each experience, you’ll see the in-your-face proof of God’s deliverance, bringing her to the safe harbor of His protection.”

Much to the delight of this fine author, she had ultimately possessed the breakthrough she so desperately sought.

CONSTANT PAGE-TURNERA book that is comprised of 80 pages in length and was officially released on November 10, 2017, Freeman’s “She Got Up” recalls what this brilliantly resourceful writer describes as a series of “inexplicable, supernatural attacks” against her life.

“Janice Freeman won her fight, and she’s about to show you how to win yours,” said the spokesperson with such great authority while assessing Freeman’s book.

A native of Long Beach, California who currently resides in Los Angeles, Freeman began composing “She Got Up” November 10, 2017 and needed a little more than a month to complete a book that have steadily attracted rave reviews since its ceremonious release.

Freeman’s book was finished on November 10 of that same year.

“Don’t give up on God. Trust Him through the process,” said Freeman, explaining her divine purpose for a book that is advancing the kingdom mightily. “Get up and win, because it’s not over for you!”

For what it’s worth, Freeman would be the first to concede that “She Got Up” was absolutely essential in this, the modern-day church era, were countless of believers are seemingly on the brink of losing heart (or giving up, if you will).

“Great book. I needed that,” Freeman said. As for the feedback since her book’s release, Freeman said she’s heard an array of comments from readers such as: “’I know someone that needs your book. I cried when I read your book. You are a strong woman. That’s for men and women, and others would say, You don’t look like you been through anything. God loves you. Wow! Where are you speaking at next? We would love to come and support you.’”

KINGDOM IMPACTFor what it’s worth, Freeman would be the first to concede that “She Got Up” was absolutely essential in this, the modern-day church era, were countless of believers are seemingly on the brink of losing heart (or giving up, if you will).

Besides “She Got Up,” Freeman authored the book entitled, “The Urban Heart,” another compelling project that was published April 2015.

Interestingly, Freeman said that plans are presently in the works to release a third book sometime before year’s end and that a majority of her public appearances to promote her books typically will arise by way of regular motivational speaking, as well as through ministry, during which she is afforded the golden opportunity of reaching women from various walks of life regarding healing and deliverance.

With several scheduled engagements on the horizon — “I have scheduled in-town and out of town speaking engagements the rest of the year,” she said — Freeman is just grateful to finally bask in the glory of the purpose for which God created her.

“I thank God for allowing me to get up,” said Freeman, who has proudly adopted the hashtag trend that is #SheGotUp. “I’m thankful. All glory belongs to God!”

For more information about Los Angeles-area Author Janice Freeman, or to schedule her for a public appearance, book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media under: Janice Freeman. Also, send email to: catchthechange@yahoo.com.


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

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES NIKISHA SIMMONS-MACLIN

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yep. That’s just like God.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Talk about making good on a second chance.

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


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Jonesboro, Arkansas’ Pamela L. Smith establishes notable nonprofit organization amid son’s death to gun violence

For I can do things through Christ which strengtheneths me. (Philippians 4:13)

 

Cleveland, Ohio isn’t just a major U.S. city that is widely known for having thrust LeBron James on the global map.

REMEMBERING KORTEZ — In 2014, Pamela L. Smith’s Jonesboro, Arkansas-based Arky’s World organization was officially formed, whereby she has become greatly inspired to create a legacy in her son’s memory.

For Pamela L. Smith, it is a city that she undoubtedly will hold dear to her heart for the rest of her life.

All because of Kortez. 

“He was from Arkansas. His friends simply called him Arky,” Smith, during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News this week, said of her beloved son, whose life was cut short in Cleveland in December 2013 as a result of senseless gun violence.

Kortez was just 18, murdered on the streets of Cleveland, robbed of his young, promising life — with so much living ahead of him.

In honor of her son, Smith and her family deemed it essential to establish a nonprofit organization in his honor.

In 2014, Smith’s Jonesboro, Arkansas-based Arky’s World organization was officially formed, whereby she has become greatly inspired to create a legacy in her son’s memory.

A tumultuous, heartbreaking occurrence that changed the overall landscape of the lives of Smith and her family, Smith — an accomplished licensed evangelist — was determined to keep Kortez’s memories alive by way of putting on display what she described as “a positive legacy out of a negative situation.”

MORE ON ARKY’S WORLD: http://arkysworld.org

GONE TOO SOON — Kortez was just 18, murdered on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, robbed of his life with so much living ahead of him.

“She knew that what the devil meant for bad, God would turn it around for good, because she had faith, loved, and believed in Him,” said a spokesperson for Smith’s notable 501c3 organization in a detailed description at http://arkysworld.org.

Interestingly, Arky’s World, by all accounts, is widely known for offering grief counseling, as well as prayer and other forms of support, particularly for grieving families who lost relatives to senseless violence.

In September 2017, for instance Smith established Arky’s Spoken Scents, which offered an assorted of beautifully designed candles that can be purchased at http://arkysworld.org.

“I get to comfort and inspire others to know that they don’t have to allow their pain to be their end,” said Smith, explaining the purpose for her nonprofit. “Once they push through the pain, they will find a greater purpose. You can always turn a tragedy into a positive as long as you turn to God for help and guidance.”

For Smith, who’s garnered valiant support from her husband, Pastor Nathaniel Smith Jr. of The Tabernacle Of Love Ministries in nearby Hayti, Missouri, she has gone to great lengths to turn an unfavorable chapter in her life to one that essentially would advance the kingdom in ways unimaginable.

In September 2017, for instance Smith established Arky’s Spoken Scents, which offered an assorted of beautifully designed candles that can be purchased at http://arkysworld.org.

PAYING IT FORWARD — Arky’s World, by all accounts, is widely known for offering grief counseling, as well as prayer and other forms of support, particularly for grieving families who lost relatives to senseless violence.

Proceeds will go to the Smith’s Arky’s World and other events related to the nonprofit organization.

“Many have reached out to me from all across the United States for inspiration, prayer, or to even place candle orders,” said Smith whom, every Sunday, is known for leading and teaching her church’s Discipleship Class.

As for upcoming public appearances, during which Smith will further promote her nonprofit and tell of her life-changing testimony, she will be on hand at Blytheville High School on June 23rd as a vendor for the Family of Faith Conference hosted by the Women of Worth Global Outreach Ministries.

In addition, she said plans will be underway in the foreseeable future to write a book about the events surrounding her son’s untimely death.

FAMILY FOCUS — For Smith, whose garnered valiant support from her husband, Pastor Nathaniel Smith Jr. of The Tabernacle Of Love Ministries in Blytheville, she has gone to great lengths to turn an unfavorable chapter in her life to one that essentially would advance the kingdom in ways unimaginable.

“She would also let the world know that through all of your hurt and pain, God still heals and delivers…that you can find comfort, love, and strength through Christ if you put him first,” said a spokesperson for Arky’s World, an organization that caters to people of all ages around the country.

Smith also unveiled her Arky’s World Foundation, which assists parents who have loss a child/children to violence. And just recently, she and her staff started a summer feeding program, during which they will give kids and teens free meals and offer healthy eating habits.

Also, Smith announced the startup of the Arky’s World after school enrichment program that will begin this upcoming school year, whereby it will provide children a safe place to attend with someone they can trust, all the while providing mentoring, tutoring, and spiritual guidance.

MORE WORK TO DO ON BEHALF OF KORTEZ — Smith also unveiled her Arky’s World Foundation, which assists parents who have loss a child/children to violence. And just recently, she and her staff started a summer feeding program, during which they will give kids and teens free meals and offer healthy eating habits.

“And our homemade candles and melts can satisfy all walks of life being the only candle with a spoken word,” Smith said.

A spoken word that much to the delight of the buyers, will greatly inspire them to help turn a hurtful situation into a rather spirited one.

With God, their Helper, leading the way.

For more information about Pamela L. Smith’s Arky’s World or to schedule her for a speaking engagement, call 870.600.1553 or email her at: myarky95@gmail.com.  Also, connect with Arky’s World via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/Arkysworld/

 

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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

 

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Cincinnati-based businesswoman Cynthia McCalister’s Quality SAP Inc. is having a national information technology impact

For Cynthia McCalister, her entrepreneurial mindset spans back more than 30 years.

All things considered, she has her parents to thank.

Take, for instance, how back in August 1981, when the Professional Air Traffic Controllers implemented a strike that was ultimately declared illegal and was broken by the Reagan Administration.

By and large, such a well-publicize work stoppage gave way to the entrepreneurial concept for McCalister’s father, the late Thomas Johnson.

GLOBAL IMPACT — Amongst the notable neighborhood gems Cincinnati businesswoman Cynthia McCalister has serviced include: Bonita’s Southern Style Sweet Potato Pies, East of Chicago Pizza, NT Nails, Crown Jewel Designs, Made With Love Cakes and Catering Services, Prayer In Action Events by L’BAE, and Full Throttle Indoor Karting, just to name a few.

“It was the influence of my parents, Thomas and Madlyn Johnson, that gave me the drive to be an entrepreneur,” McCalister, who resides in Cincinnati, told Making Headline News this week. “After the Air Traffic Controllers Strike in the 80’s, my father set out on a path to become a small business owner.”

McCalister’s father eventually made good on his business-related pledge and by starting what had become Regal Carpet Cleaning.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Having witnessed her father evolve mightily as a business owner, coupled with her mother having become a fixture as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor, not to mention a counselor for the AIDS Foundation of Dayton, Ohio and later a minister, McCalister sensed that one day she would absorb and take heed to their influential, immeasurable impact.

ON THE MOVE — Quality SAP, by all accounts, is widely known as a progressive and forward thinking IT company that specializes in — but isn’t limited to — developing affordable mobile application platforms. With the launch of the Key Spot mobile application platform, it is an ideal tool for business and consumers to find and post deals, discounts, and events all in one Key Spot. Now you can find discounts and deals wherever you go.

According to the business’ overview on its The Key Spot App Facebook page, “Quality SAP” stands for Quality, Service, And Products.

Quality SAP, by all accounts, is widely known as a progressive and forward thinking IT company that specializing in — but isn’t limited to — developing affordable mobile application platforms.

Most importantly and ideally for consumers, McCalister’s business highlights and provides affordable rates specifically for local and small businesses. With the launch of the Key Spot mobile application platform, it is an ideal tool for business and consumers to find and post deals, discounts, and events all in one Key Spot. Now you can find discounts and deals wherever you go.

On Wednesday April 12, from 6-9 p.m. EST, in Cincinnati, there will be a Key Spot sponsored Small Business Networking Event hosted by Key Spot’s Business Partner, Full Throttle Indoor Karting.  During the event, business owners will have the opportunity to network, build relationships, showcase their services and products, and get tools to help acquire and enjoy business growth.

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE EVENT: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/small-business-networking-event-sponsored-by-key-spot-tickets-32464590464.

In addition, there will be a Small Business Go Karting Challenge to see which business “comes out on top,” McCalister said.

“I get the most enjoyment working with small business owners by being a champion for them and supporting their growth,” McCalister, an Ohio native, said. “When I say I want to help you reach your goals, I mean it. I work to help spread the word about the hidden gems by leveraging technology of the Key Spot app, creating networking connections, and social media.”

Wait. There’s more pertinent information about which McCalister deemed it essential to share.

“When we are able to connect businesses to each other, such as an event coordinator looking for vendors, or a restaurant owner looking for desert makers, it provides opportunities for both sides to benefit,” McCalister explained. “In addition, being a patron provides the best firsthand account of products and services.”

LOGGING ON IS THE KEY:  www.keyspotapp.com.

Amongst the notable neighborhood gems McCalister has serviced include: Bonita’s Southern Style Sweet Potato Pies, East of Chicago Pizza, NT Nails, Crown Jewel Designs, Made With Love Cakes and Catering Services, Prayer In Action Events by L’BAE, and Full Throttle Indoor Karting, just to name a few.

“For businesses, the Key Spot app is like having a custom mobile advertising app at a fraction of the cost,” she said.

Interesting enough, not only is The Key Spot app available for businesses, but such a tool is suitable for all users, most notably to be used by customers for finding and posting deals, discounts, events within the community, along with self-managing and sharing educational events, church activities, concerts, garage sales, as well as other local happenings.

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Having been actively involved in the information technology industry for more than 20 years, McCalister holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Information Technology Management, as well as a number of Professional Certificates.

DOWNLOAD THE KEY SPOT APP: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1046238494.

THE LEGACY LIVES ONHaving witnessed her father evolve mightily as a business owner, coupled with her mother having become a fixture as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor, a counselor for the AIDS Foundation of Dayton, Ohio, and later a minister, McCalister sensed that one day she would absorb and take heed to their influential impact.

Since Quality SAP‘s inception, there are currently Key Spot business partners in 15 states, including Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, New York, Arkansas, Illinois, Texas, Alabama, Indiana, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, South Carolina, and California.

“We are continuing to spread across the country,” McCalister said.

All things considered, she has her parents to thank.

“As a family, we helped and supported (my father’s) journey,” McCalister said. “I saw firsthand the hard work he put into growing his business. In my mother, I saw God’s love demonstrated by her work in the community. Though they are no longer with us, their legacy lives on through me.”

LET’S NETWORK, Y’ALL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KeySpotBusinessPartners/.

A legacy that, because she thought it necessary long ago to heed her parents’ advice and life’s lessons, has greatly given way to Quality SAP now having a global presence.

“I would not have achieved so much if it was not for my faith in God, the support of my family, friends, and business team for believing in me and my dream,” McCalister said. “With the love of my husband and children, it has given me the motivation to continue to strive for the highest heights. I want to make my family proud and be a positive role model, demonstrating anything is possible to achieve with God, a dream, and hard work.”

That’s the key.

 

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Former New York Knick Derek Harper to Charles Oakley after MSG fiasco: ‘You got my support more than anything’

 

Y’ALL CHILL OUT: Hours after the New York Knicks fiasco involving Charles Oakley and owner James Dolan on February 8, former NBA point guard Derek Harper (left), an analyst for the Mavericks through Fox Sports Southwest who spent two seasons in New York from 1994-1996, contacted his former teammate to offer support. (Photo courtesy of The Dallas Morning News)

DALLAS — Saying that Charles Oakley “should have dealt with this situation differently,” former New York Knicks point guard Derek Harper wasted little time reaching out to his former teammate in the wake of an altercation involving Oakley and Madison Square Garden security guards on February 8.

In a statement released by the Knicks, the team said that upon arriving to the arena, Oakley behaved in a “highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” which led to his ejection from MSG and his subsequent arrest by the New York City Police Department.

MADISON SQUARE SQUABBLE — In a statement released by the Knicks, the team said that upon arriving to the arena, Oakley behaved in a “highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner,” which led to his ejection from MSG and his subsequent arrest by the New York City Police Department. The incident was believed to have been fueled by Oakley’s strained relationship with Knicks owner James Dolan, who banned Oakley a few days following the incident.

The incident was believed to have been fueled by Oakley’s strained relationship with Knicks owner James Dolan, who banned Oakley a few days following their alleged fallout. Dolan lifted the ban after meeting with Oakley and NBA commissioner Adam Silver, although Oakley, a former Knick who played 10 seasons in New York, has yet to accept the invitation and return to MSG.

A native of Cleveland, Oakley sat courtside next to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert Thursday night to witness the Knicks drop their second consecutive game, 119-104.

Hours after the Knicks fiasco, Harper, an analyst for the Mavericks through Fox Sports Southwest who spent two seasons in New York from 1994-1996, contacted his former teammate to offer his support.

WELCOME HOME — A native of Cleveland, Oakley sat courtside next to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert Thursday night to witness the Knicks drop their second consecutive game, 119-104. (Getty Images Photo)

“I texted Oak and told him he has my support more than anything,” Harper, who was drafted by the Mavericks with the 11th overall pick of the 1983 NBA Draft, told Making Headline News. “We had a dog pound in New York, and I was apart of the dog pound with Oak, so I’m not surprised he tried to protect himself. That’s who Oak is. Everybody loves Charles Oakley.”

According to the Knicks, Oakley was ejected from the arena midway through the first quarter of their game against the Los Angeles Clippers after he allegedly yelled at Dolan and refused to stop, an allegation Oakley has repeatedly disowned.

Consequently, Oakley, 53, was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and criminal trespassing, a development that prompted current players such as LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade to hasten to various message boards to offer their support for the ex-NBA All-Star power forward.

Guarding former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan in the 1996 Eastern Conference semifinals, Harper spent two seasons in New York from 1994-1996. (Getty Images Photo)

“It’s hard because you don’t have all of the information,” said Harper, 55, when asked to assess the drama involving Oakley and the Knicks. “I’m one that don’t believe in running out talking about something unless I totally understand it. But with that being said, Charles Oakley was the heart and soul of the teams I played on in New York and he will always be respected by the fans in that city.”

Still, Harper, who played 16 seasons with four teams before retiring from the NBA in 1999, contends things could have been handled differently between Oakley and Knicks.

BELOVED KNICK — Harper was quite complementary of Oakley (No. 34), particularly about how he had taken ownership of his role of MSG catastrophe heard around the NBA.
“I love Oak,” Harper said. “We exchanged text messages the next morning. (Getty Images Photo)

“Dolan is the new owner now and he and Oak, for some reason, haven’t seen eye to eye,” Harper said. “He wanted, in that situation, I think for Charles to be removed from his seat and out of the arena and, if I’m Oak, I’d respect that. I’d respect what the owner of that team says and I’ll leave.

“But I think it really got blown out of proportion and escalated into something that was unfortunate for both sides in my opinion.”

All things considered, Harper was complementary of Oakley, particularly about how he had taken ownership of his role in the MSG catastrophe heard around the NBA.

Harper, a former University of Illinois All-American, was drafted by the Mavericks with the 11th overall pick of the 1983 NBA Draft. He returned to play for Dallas during the 1996-97 season. (Getty Images Photo)

“I love Oak,” Harper said. “We exchanged text messages the next morning. Oak is my confidant. That’s my guy and he’s already come out and said he should have dealt with this situation differently, and I think if he had to do it over again, he would choose not to put his hands on people.

“As an adult, I don’t want to be touched by another person, security officer or not. And I think he would admit that part of it was wrong. But it was wrong the way that they handled him as well.”

After Oakley and Dolan reportedly had met in hopes of reaching a resolution amid their fallout, Harper strongly believes it will be a matter of time that his former teammate will return to MSG.

“Absolutely, at some point,” Harper, who registered 16,006 points, 6,577 assists, and 1,957 steals during his NBA career, said. “There’s no question about it. I don’t know when. I don’t think anybody can say when it’s going to be.”

 

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