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Memphis author Tammie Polk has composed 46 books — and counting — in span of four years

WRITER’S MARATHON

SHE’S LIT — And so it came pass, Tammie Polk’s immeasurable gifts as a rising author, a trend that, much to her delight, has given way to this Mid-South author having assembled a slew of books. How ‘bout 46 to be technical? All in span of — brace yourselves — about four years

DALLAS — Tammie Polk remembers the conversation.

That’s for sure.
She remembers what she described as a “myriad of excuses’ she heard during her dialogue with a woman some three years ago.
She remembers how, given the way that exchange played out, she had become greatly inspired to use the woman’s shallow excuses as the fuel that would ultimately jumpstart her authorship debut.
And so it came to pass, Polk’s immeasurable gifts as a rising author, a trend that, much to her delight, has given way to this Mid-South author having assembled a slew of books.
How ‘bout 46 to be technical?
All in span of — brace yourselves — about four years.
Her most notable book: “The 7 Virtuous Business Woman Slayers: 7 Deadly Copouts,” Polk’s featured written work that was officially released in the summer of 2016.

In this book that is comprised of 90 pages, Polk raises a rather three pivotal questions to her reading audience: “Have you ever feel like life is playing monkey in the middle with your dreams? Do you have a vision for your life and business that’s blocked by the affairs of life? Are you excusing away the desire to do, have, and be more?


BUT AUTHOR POLK’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Virtuous-Business-Woman-Slayers-Copouts/dp/1535126817

“In this book, you will learn about the 7 Deadly Copouts — called Slayers — that women use as reasons why they can’t move forward. It’s time to Slay the Slayers,” said a spokesperson for Polk’s featured book at Amazon.com.

During an interview this week with Making Headline News, Polk acknowledged that she wrote “The 7 Virtuous Business Woman Slayers: 7 Deadly Copouts,” in large part because of the slew of challenges she had overcome during the course of her life and sensed that her experiences would, in turn, inspire other women to cling to unwavering faith.

“I chose to produce the book, because I knew that I had personally overcome the challenges that (the woman) mentioned and I wanted to encourage other women to do the same,” Polk, a native of Memphis, explained.

Initially, Polk’s Summer 2016-released book started out as “freebies,” she said. Conversely, the more she continued to write, the more her gifts as an accomplished author had subsequently evolved into a full-fledge business venture, she told MHN.


“After my business coach, Tameka Anderson, read it, she asked me what else I was going to do with it,” Polk recalled. “My response was, ‘nothing!’ She told me that my next book was right there, so I took what I already had and fleshed it out.”


And the rest, as they say, was history.

Since the much-anticipated release of “The 7 Virtuous Business Woman Slayers: 7 Deadly Copouts,” Polk has produced an unprecedented 45 additional books, most notably:

“From One King’s Daughter To Another: Understanding Your Value,” released in 2015)

“The Virtuous Business Woman: Inspired by Proverbs 31,” released in 2016

“The Distinguished Business Man: What a Man In Business Can Learn From Proverbs 31,” released in 2017

“The Real Business Women Slay Slayers SuperBook Series,” released in 2017


MORE ON TAMMIE POLK: https://www.tammieterrellmompreneurs.com/

“Every Woman Is a Business Woman,” released in 2017

“Personal Perspective Project/#ShadeDisguised,” released in 2018

“Becoming Mai,” released in 2018

“Warrior Women,” released in 2018

“#prayandponder: Volumes 1 And 2,” released in 2018

“Woman On A Mission,” released in 2018

“Writing Your Way Through Life: From Your Heart to Paper,” released in 2018

“New Year’s Starts On Your Birthday,” released in 2018 and,

“#prayandponder: Writing the Vision Series,” released in 2019.

FOR STARTERS — Polk’s notable book: “The 7 Virtuous Business Woman Slayers: 7 Deadly Copouts,” her featured written work that was officially released in the summer of 2016.

Just to name a few, of course.

“I have always said that if, given my experiences, I can do all that I’ve been blessed to do, then there isn’t an excuse you can give me,” Polk said of her talents as a writer. “This (first) book has taken me to so many different places and has helped women all over the world.”

Which, to her credit, practically sums why the feedback surrounding her books have been favorable, for the most part.

Then again…

IN HER OWN WORDS — “I have always said that if, given my experiences, I can do all that I’ve been blessed to do, then there isn’t an excuse you can give me,” Polks said of her talents as a writer. “This (first) book has taken me to so many different places and has helped women all over the world.”

“Honestly, I have had women to stop talking to me after reading the book, have seen more side eyes and eye rolls than I care to count, have been accused of having cameras in people’s houses and more,” Polk explained. “I’ve even had book bloggers refuse to review the book after reading it and one even set fire to it.”

All things considered, Polk — who said she’s expected to witness her book count soar to 53 by year’s end — is especially grateful of the fact that God has strategically set her aside for His use.

In addition, she will be hand for The Running A Momathon Conference next month in Atlanta, during which she will be afforded the golden opportunity to promote her books.

Initially, Polk’s Summer 2016-released book started out as “freebies,” she said. But the more she continued to write, her gifts as an accomplished author had subsequently evolved into a full-fledge business venture, she told MHN.

She announced an upcoming event sometime in January 2020 that will highlight her milestone of having the 50 published books plateau.

“The message I’m trying to send is that life is not standing in the way of you having, being, and doing more in both life and business,” Polk said. “Small changes in things such as how you spend money and time can shift things in the right direction.”

All things considered, Polk — who said she’s expected to witness her book count soar to 53 by year’s end — is especially grateful of the fact that God has strategically set her aside for His use.

She would know.

Look at all she’s managed to accomplish since that conversation with that woman back in 2016.


For more information about Mid-South-area Author Tammie Polk or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dynamicallydifferentasc; Instagram: @dynamicallydifferentasc. Also, she can be reached via email at: tammie@tammieterrellmompreneurs.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 entrepreneur Tiffany Roberts believed to be second black woman to own a security firm


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


TEN-NESSEE THE DREAM

HARVEST SEASON UNFOLDING — Surely, Memphian Tiffany Roberts, a single mother of four (Dyllon 15, Jayden 12, Ean 9 and Journi 19 months), won’t find herself stressing any longer, especially if her newly-erected Maximum Protection Agency LLC security company manages to become a fixture throughout the Mid-South and the Tri-State area.

Memphian Tiffany Roberts found herself on the right side of history on Friday.

Before her hundreds of social media followers, Roberts announced that she has delved off into the ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship.
“Well, it’s official. I own my own security company and the best is yet to come,” Roberts wrote in a Facebook post that subsequently generated nearly 500 likes and a slew of congratulatory comments. “No more stressing.”
Surely, Roberts, a single mother of four (Dyllon 15, Jayden 12, Ean 9 and Journi 19 months), won’t find herself stressing any longer, especially if her newly-erected Maximum Protection Agency LLC security company manages to become a fixture throughout the Mid-South and the Tri-State area.

“In my business, this is not law enforcement, but I look at it as a step closer,” Roberts, 35, told Making Headline News late Friday night. “I like the fact that I can help others gain the experience and knowledge about security and law enforcement. I believe that for some it, it is just the beginning if they would like to further their career.”

According to Roberts whom, in recent months, has done some extensive research on African-American women who own similar businesses, she said she is believed to be only the second U. S.-born woman to have become the owner and CEO of a security company.

According to a report at http://financialjuneteenth.com/n-one-security-first-ever-black-woman-owned-security-firm-offering-security-services/, Atlanta’s Mary Parker of All-N-One Security is the first ever black woman to own a security firm, a company that currently employs more than 200 hundred workers.

STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM — For Roberts, it seemed that law enforcement has always grasped her interest, something she said has proven beneficial to her starting a security firm. Prior to starting Maximum Protection Agency, Robert was a district manager for a local security company, during which she acquired an array of knowledge in her selected industry.

For Roberts, a Memphis Kirby High School graduate who holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Remington College, while she’s admittedly appreciative of the public’s reaction in the wake of her newly-established business, she’d be the first to admit to that she’s now has shifted her focus to something much bigger.

“I’m driven by change,” said Roberts, who’s approximately five months away from earning her undergraduate degree. “I have worked, quit a few jobs, and I did not like the operations. I always find things that could be better and always saw how I would implement things to make them better.”

Much to her delight and to her distinctly unique credit, she’s done just that, having put in the essential work, coupled with having met the necessary requirements, all of which have greatly enabled her to fulfill her long-awaited dream as an entrepreneur.

“Daily I would say to myself, ‘Be the change that you want to see,’” Roberts said. “I have always been a go-getter and just needed the extra push from people. Knowing what you want is just a thought until you’re really tired and something has to give. I always knew that I was a boss and I pushed myself until I believed it.”

A company that is headquartered in Memphis, Roberts is presently devising ways to set up branches in every U. S. state.


HISTORIC MILESTONE 

According to Roberts whom, in recent months, has done some extensive research on African-American women who own similar businesses, she said she is believed to be only the second U. S.-born woman to have become the owner and CEO of a security company.

Interestingly, Roberts deemed it essential to issue a notable reminder to other single mothers, particularly those whom, like her, aspire to make their dreams a reality.

“My mission is to show single mothers and other minorities that we are more than just workers,” Roberts said. “If you have dreams, believe in yourself and help them come true.”

For Roberts, it seemed that law enforcement has always grasped her interest, something she said has proven beneficial to her starting a security firm.

Prior to starting Maximum Protection Agency, Robert was a district manager for a local security company, during which she acquired an array of knowledge in her selected industry.

It wasn’t much longer thereafter that she decided to “branch off and do my own thing,” she said.


“I believe that people should do what they love doing,” Roberts said. “My mission is to bring about a change in the community. Turning on the news and seeing crime (in the Mid-South) grow, I know that running from my city will not help change the situation. But I know that raising my children here, I have to change the things around them so that they can have hope.”


Aside from being an ambassador in her native establishment, more than anything, she’s destined to continue to set an example for her children, Roberts emphasized.

For Roberts, a Memphis Kirby High School graduate who holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Remington College, while she’s admittedly appreciative of the public’s reaction in the wake of her newly-established business, she’d be the first to admit to that she’s now has shifted her focus to something much bigger.

“I have to show my children that their mom went after her dreams and left a legacy for them,” said Robert, who also said that while expanding her company, a book is on the horizon. “So my mission is to be the best mom that I can be for them.”

Well said by this thriving, progressive single mother of four whom, to her credit, has found herself on the right side of history.


For more information about Mid-South-area Businesswoman Tiffany Roberts of Maximum Protection Agency LLC, or to inquire about becoming a customer, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/tiffanysorite.roberts. Also, send email to: maximumprotectionagency@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.

Accomplished Memphis singer and songwriter Tamikyo Inez: What You Need To Know


A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great. (Proverbs 18:16 NIV)


A RISING STAR 

MEMPHIS MADE — A longtime Mid-Southerner who has spent the better part of life in the Bluff City, Tamikyo Inez is a proud 1993 graduate of the historic Memphis Mitchell High School. Today, she is founder and CEO of “12 Disciples Entertainment,” a venture she appropriately dubs “my life.”

DALLAS — In case you don’t know her, Tamikyo Inez would like to introduce herself.

Widely regarded as an accomplished American singer and songwriter I  her own right, Tamikyo Inez was born on June 8, 1975 in Memphis, Tennessee.
A longtime Mid-Southerner who has spent the better part of life in the Bluff City, Tamikyo Inez is a proud 1993 graduate of the historic Memphis Mitchell High School.
Consequently, she enrolled at Memphis’ Southwest Tennessee Community College, where she had ultimately acquired an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration in 2108.

MORE ON TAMIKYO INEZ: tamikyoinez.com

Having adopted a keen passion for music, Tamikyo Inez sang her very first solo at the tender age of three, during which she grew up in the church, where she had become fixture in the choir.

Interestingly, this gifted and brilliant entertainer had endued what undoubtedly was a sometime tumultuous and stormy childhood, one that was mired by poverty and abuse, she told Making Headline News during an exclusive interview this week.


“Music has always been a vital source in my life.” — Mid-South Entertainer Tamikyo Inez


Much to her delight, though, it wasn’t until December 11, 2015 — or “at the most rock bottom place in my life,” she recalled — that Tamikyo Inez had witnessed the much-anticipated breakthrough she so desperately sought.

“God gave my life new meaning and purpose through songwriting,” she said. “That opened me up to learning the music business.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

Today, Tamikyo Inez is the founder and CEO of “12 Disciples Entertainment,” a venture she appropriately dubs “my life.”

“Everything I see in life, I hear as a song,”   Tamikyo Inez said of her company, which is steadily attracting a national presence. “My music speaks to anyone who loves and anyone who seeks encouragement through music…especially to dreamers over 40 (years of age) who venture to explore more of life in their mature years.” 

Having adopted a keen passion for music, Tamikyo Inez sang her very first solo at the tender age of three, during which she grew up in the church, where she had become fixture in the choir.

Now with her debut single, “Well Deserved” scheduled to be released on August 9, such a milestone will be accompanied by a nationwide tour, during which Tamikyo Inez’s musical talents will be put in display in such places as Atlanta, Dallas, Orlando, Miami, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, among other major establishments.

“My mission is so inspire dreamers to achieve their dreams,” Tamikyo Inez said. “When God created us, He made each of us with a unique calling and purpose. Life has so many setbacks and distractions, but we must be zealous to return to God — His will, His way, and His purpose for our lives.”

NATIONAL STAR WATCH 

Now with her debut single, “Well Deserved” scheduled to be released on August 9, such a milestone will be highlighted by a nationwide tour, during which Tamikyo Inez’s musical talents will be put in display in such places as Atlanta, Dallas, Orlando, Miami, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, among other major establishments.

All things considered, amongst the things about which this Mid-South entertainer is especially grateful is that she never placed her dreams and purpose by the wayside.

In case you don’t know her, well, now you do.

So remember the name.

“I’m here to encourage you to never give up on God, because God had not given up on you,” Tamikyo Inez said. “My greatest inspiration is knowing why I woke up today and when I go to bed at night. I feel amazing, because I was busy fulfilling my purpose. I want that for everyone. That is the zealous life. INEZ (which stands for) I Need Everybody Zealous.”


For more information about Memphis-area Entertainer/Businesswoman Tamikyo Inez Ueal of 12 Disciples Entertainment, or to book her for a public appearance, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/901tamInez/. Also, send email to: tamikyo@live.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.

Detroit empowerment extraordinaire Jacqueline Kaba–Harrison helping women of color to ‘realize their potential’


I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14 NIV)


PURPOSED FOR POTENTIAL 

FULL OF POTENTIAL — A native of the Motor City, Jacqueline Kaba–Harrison is the founder and chief executive officer of Realizing Your Potential LLC, her Michigan-based empowerment company that’s centered largely on helping African-American women thrive and flourish as life coaches and consultants, most notably by way of eliminating what she describes as negative self-talk and self-sabotaging behaviors that customarily prevent them from taking their business to the next level and beyond.

Enough of all of that negative chitter chatter, sistas.

Because longtime Detroit-based businesswoman Jacqueline Kaba–Harrison’s entrepreneurship expertise is such that she can aid other women mightily, particularly when it comes to grasping a thoroughly concept of why they are fearfully and wonderfully made.
A native of the Motor City, Kaba–Harrison is the founder and chief executive officer of Realizing Your Potential LLC, a Michigan-based empowerment company that’s centered largely on helping African-American women thrive and flourish as life coaches and consultants, most notably by way of eliminating what she describes as negative self-talk and self-sabotaging behaviors that customarily prevent them from taking their business to the next level and beyond.
A progressive venture that is accompanied by Wayne Dyer’s historic catchphrase, “Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life,” Kaba–Harrison’s Realizing Your Potential LLC has become a fixture throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and, given the immeasurable strides it has made since its inception in April 2016, it’s safe to assume this company’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

MORE ON REALIZING YOUR POTENTIAL LLC: https://www.realizingyourpotential123.com/home

Credit Kaba–Harrison’s positive, spirited disposition on life as arguably the grandest reason why.

“I’ve always known that I was meant to be my own boss,” Kaba–Harrison, 47, told Making Headline News this week. “I’ve never been one for conformity, but rather a trend setter. After increasing my self-esteem and self-confidence, I know I am limitless and I can achieve whatever I aspire to with hard work and determination.”

As for what she admittedly loves the most about her business venture, what it all boils down to, Kaba–Harrison emphasized, is helping educate women of color to reconnect with their overall uniqueness, to rediscover and embrace the divine purpose for which they were created.


“I love meeting new people and finding out what makes them unique. I enjoy educating women and serving as their catalyst to greatness. Also, (it allows for) the limitless potential of earnings and freedom in my schedule.” —Jacqueline Kaba–Harrison


An endeavor that services African-American woman ranging in ages 35 to 55, Realizing Your Potential LLC has grasped the attention of a slew of businesswomen in greater Atlanta and, much sooner than later, Kaba–Harrison is confident her venture will begin to attract more of a national presence.


SAVE THE DATES 

Having earned an undergraduate degree from Detroit’s Wayne State University, Kaba–Harrison consequently acquired a Master’s Degree from the historic Clark Atlanta University.

Besides overseeing the day-to-day operations of Realizing Your Potential LLC, Kaba–Harrison is the proud host of “A Queen’s Round Table Show” that airs on the second and fourth Sunday of every month via Facebook.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE — Kaba–Harrison’s entrepreneurship expertise is such that she can aid other women mightily, particularly when it comes to grasping a thoroughly concept of why they are fearfully and wonderfully made.

In addition, she hosts what is known as “A Queen’s Round Table Quarterly Symposium, with her third quarter airing scheduled to take place on September 15.

Interestingly, Kaba–Harrison is a rising author, who’s a part of a forthcoming collaborative book entitled, “I Am A Black Woman: Next Level,” which is scheduled to launch sometime in 2020.

Widely regarded as a success and confidence coach for African-American women, Realizing Your Potential LLC’s strategic focus is to inspire and uplift African-American women everywhere or, as this face of this notable endeavor said, “to know better and do better for themselves, their families, and their communities.”

For three-plus years and counting.


For more information about Detroit-area Businesswoman Jacqueline Kaba–Harrison of Realizing Your Potential LLC, call 248.636.7434 or write to: 28475 Greenfield, Southfield, Michigan 48076. Also, send email to: realizingyourpotential123@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.

Mid-South author Tamera Kelly heeds godly advice, completes first book prior to her mother’s death


And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10 NIV)


MOM KNOWS BEST 

DRAMATIC COMEBACK FOR THE AGES — A Mid-South-area author and businesswoman, Tamera Kelly is the mastermind behind the spiritually-empowering book entitled, “Back Against The Wall.”

DALLAS — One afternoon, Tamera Kelly reached for the nearest pen and pad, sat in the middle of the living room floor, and commenced to writing.

And the rest, as they say, was history.
“I knew that I would be an author at an early age due to me writing since elementary,” Kelly told Making Headline News this week. “(As it relates to my book), it’s funny, because I didn’t have a title. I just wrote the story and prayed about the title while I was writing it.”
For Kelly, that she steadfastly stepped out on faith — most notably through the ever-so-competitive world of authorship — has benefited her mightily in recent years.
A Mid-South-area author and businesswoman, Kelly is the mastermind behind the spiritually-empowering book entitled, “Back Against The Wall.”

BUY AUTHOR TAMERA’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Back-Against-Tamera-Denise-Kelly/dp/1519714327

CHEERING HER OWN — For Kelly, losing her mother essentially served as a devastating blow to a writer whom, because of her mother’s unyielding support, eventually had to come to grips with the notion that her No. 1 cheerleader was still very much coaching and guiding her from the heavens.

An awe-inspiring written work that is comprised of 106 pages in length, Kelly’s “Back Against The Wall” appropriately pinpoints dreaded situations, during which life — as precious, yet fragile it is — is throwing you curve balls, around what this Christian-based writer describes as “the worlds and upper cuts” at the same time.

“Like seriously, it felt like you were on a roller coaster, merry-go-round and zippin’ pippin’…and you just wanted to get off the ride,” said Kelly, referring to a few of the classic rides as Memphis’ now-defunct Libertyland amusement park. “Well…child…welcome to ‘Back Against The Wall.’ ‘Back Against The Wall’ is not your typical fiction novel. It speaks about every day circumstances that we all can relate to in one way or another.”

A book that is nearing its fourth year of existence — Kelly officially made her authorship debut on December 5, 2015 — Kelly needed somewhere in the neighborhood of five years to compose a book that, to her credit, has been as good as advertised.

“I was blessed with this gift,” Kelly said. “Writing is my passion. This is my first novel and it took me awhile to complete it due to during that timeframe I was taking care of my mother, who was battling leukemia that quickly transformed into lymphoma.”

Although Kelly’s mother had ultimately died as a result of complications surrounding her illness, the Memphis-area author had finally put to wraps her novel just before her mom had expired.

All things considered, she had no choice, quite frankly, given her quest to fulfill her dream as an accomplished author is just what her mother would have wanted.


“Although my mother tried to keep her illnesses from me as long as she could, she still continued to love on and put me first,” Kelly recalled. “Every morning, my mother would wake up at 4 a.m., prepare me breakfast, then come to my room and ask me, ‘Mera, are you up writing?’”


For Kelly, losing her mother essentially served as a devastating blow to a writer whom, because of her mother’s unyielding support, eventually had to come to grips with the notion that her No. 1 cheerleader was still very much coaching and guiding her from the heavens.

“After her transition, I didn’t want to write anymore,” Kelly explained. “I decided that I wasn’t going to publish my book, nor continue my literary gift until one night I was sitting in my bed, crying and I heard a voice say, ‘Finish what your father started.’ I’ve been doing it ever since then, because this is what my parents would have wanted me to do.”

As for the divine message Kelly aspires to send to her reading audience through her first book, this writer emphasized, among other things, that whenever our backs are against the wall, what it all boils down to devising ways to simply trust the man in the mirror.

Kelly is founder and executive director of Purpose Over Popularity Youth Development Center, Incorporated, her nonprofit organization designed to create and develop outlets for youth in low-income areas so they can become thriving citizen.

“At the end of real day, you have to deal with you and your decisions,” Kelly said. “Therefore, remove your mask and trust you.”

Next up for Kelly: a second edition of “Back Against The Wall” and a written work entitled, “Children Don’t Come With Instructions.”

Chances are, these forthcoming projects will be as good as advertised, much like the first book assembled by this author, who’s the founder and executive director of Purpose Over Popularity Youth Development Center, Incorporated, her nonprofit organization designed to create and develop outlets for youth in low-income areas so they can become thriving citizen.

An awe-inspiring written work that is comprised of 106 pages in length, Kelly’s “Back Against The Wall” appropriately pinpoints dreaded situations, during which life — as precious, yet fragile it is — is throwing you curve balls, around what this Christian-based writer describes as “the worlds and upper cuts” at the same time.

Nearly five four years removed from having produced her first book, Kelly still deems it a “Wow” moment to this day.

“Not to give away too much of the book, I actually have a character who speaks with God throughout her journey,” Kelly said. “This book aligns with my purpose for which I am called by using my gift to bring thought-provoking literature to those who can relate to the characters.”

This after having reached for the nearest pen and pad years ago from the comfortable confines of her the living room.


For more information on Mid-South Author Tamera Kelly, to order her book, or schedule her for a book signing or speaking engagement, call 901.412.3852 or connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/authortamera.kelly. Also, send email to: atkwrites@gmail.com.


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Memphis businessman/author Tony Jackson’s new book blossoms into forthcoming movie

MEMPHIS MADE

DALLAS — Tony Jackson just keeps on making major strides.

A young, thriving Mid-South-area businessman, Jackson is not only having an immeasurable, continuous impact on the Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape, but with the help of his beloved companion, Monica Jackson, Tony Jackson has managed to savor yet another milestone, one that’s centered largely on — brace yourselves — producing a movie.

Yep. This isn’t merely a typo. Rather, it’s reality, an awe-inspiring development that surfaced, courtesy of Tony Jackson’s book entitled, “The Fair Shot That Was Never Given.”

Interestingly, the Jacksons’ movie stems from Chapter 4 of his book  entitled, “The Story Of Randolph,” which is available for purchase at Walmart.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and Amazon.com. To his credit, Tony Jackson allows viewers access to the daily life of a Pastor, who’s struggling with being a manfirst and foremost, and then a Pastor.

Randolph, as Jackson explained during a recent interview with Making Headline News, is under a constant monitoring by people around him, considering he’s eager to do what this producers deems as “regular things,” thus become actively engaged in having fun without being bound by the “Bishop” title that he carries.

“He is a young Bishop and feels he has been bottled, because of the title, and the expectations of people.” Tony Jackson said of Bishop Randolph, who’s characterized by rising actor Mynoris Woods.

Interestingly, the Jacksons’ movie stems from Chapter 4 of his book that’s entitled, “The Story Of Randolph,” which is available for purchase at Walmart.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and Amazon.com. To his credit, Tony Jackson allows viewers access to the daily life of a Pastor who’s struggling with being the man first and foremost, and then a Pastor second.

The young lady he’s diligently pursuing is up-and-coming actress Sweetrica Baker, who plays “Kelly” in this newly-produced film. The other main character is “Aunt Julie” (Kelly’s Aunt), who’s original name is Mrs. Mary White.

Surely, while the “The Story Of Randolph” figures to be an intriguing and informative movie, MHN deemed it essential to speak with other cast members of the Jacksons’ forthcoming project.

That said, we present to you a dose of our Q’s and A’s.

 

ABOUT TO BE LIT — This isn’t merely a typo. Rather, it’s reality, an awe-inspiring development that surfaced, courtesy of Tony Jackson’s book entitled, “The Fair Shot That Was Never Given.”

MHN: What production company did you partner with on this movie?

TONY JACKSON: I’m glad you asked. We went with one of the dopest film makers out of Nashville named Victoria Jones. Her company is VaJones Films, In addition to VaJones, she brought on All-Star editor/film crew member Clarence Scott of CScottRun Productions. Additionally, they flew in another bright mind from Nashville: Kevin Mumphrey of Kevin Mumphrey MumphreyProductionsLLC, who also does production and sound. And my wife, Monica R. Jackson, and myself are co-directors, and together, we makeup Jackson4CompaniesLLC. This is a dynamic team. They have been a part of a lot of major projects over the years, including the show, “Nashville.”

MHN: What do you like most about being an actress and playing the role of Kelly?

SWEETRICA BAKER: I enjoy becoming the character. I have always had an appreciation for the arts. It has always been a part of my life in one form or another. My mother always desired for me to do something in modeling, but for years, I was self-conscious about my body and even my skin, so I settled for acting classes in my youth. As I have grown older and learned to appreciate life and the various ways we live it, I have learned to embrace my curves and everything about me that makes me different from everyone else. As an actress, you get to step outside of yourself and become someone else. It is easy for me to feel what my character is feeling, but at some point I was there, too. I understand Kelly not wanting to be burned, especially by a man of the cloth. When you are attached to a messenger of God’s word, you are voluntarily exposed to other’s judgments constantly. The man, not the minister, can’t show that he is fallible. The woman attached to him seems to be held accountable for not only his public image, but her’s and everyone attached to them. I can’t image every first lady’s burden.

Randolph, as Jackson explained to Making Headline News during a recent interview, is under a constant monitoring by people around him, considering he’s eager to do what this producers deems as “regular things,” thus become actively engaged in having fun without being bound by the “Bishop” title that he carries.

MHN: Mynoris Woods, or Bishop if I may ask, What do you like most about being an actor and playing the role of Randolph?

MYNORIS WOODS: It allows me to formulate and understanding for my character and to actually bring my character to life. And playing Randolph in the movie is nothing short of a blessing. It is amazing to play a role that’s so many people and so many clergy individuals have had to deal with on a daily basis, being judged just because they are a man or woman of the cloth. I love playing Randolph. It is one of the most exciting roles I’ve ever had in my life it actually reminds me of myself — LOL — but don’t tell no one.

MHN: What are amongst the age groups to whom your endeavor caters to?

MONICA JACKSON: I think we are attempting to cater to everyone, but putting a special focus on the church goers, people of faith, or anyone that puts people on pedestals knowingly or unknowingly. People in these positions are people first and their title second. They are watched so closely and are stressed a lot of times because they feel they are on that line.

MHN: In your own words, why is it imperative that you esteem and inspire others daily?

TONY JACKSON: Because life is hard. Literally every day, you have to get up and choose to be happy. Happy to me is a mindset. Very simple way I look at it. I control my feelings. If I’m happy, I’m happy, if I’m sad, I’m sad. As it relates to most things, if you say you’re going to do something, simply because you tried, you’ve succeeded. Failure is no such thing. But you’ll have to read all about that in my book, “The Fair Shot That Was Never Given.”

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A young, thriving Mid-South-area businessman, Tony Jackson has not only having an immeasurable impact on the Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape, but with the help of his beloved companion, Monica Jackson, Tony Jackson has managed to savor yet another milestone, one that’s centered largely on — brace yourselves — producing movie.

MHN: Anything else you’d like to add to this story?

MONICA JACKSON: Yes, be on the lookout for “The Story Of Randolph” and “The Man Of The Cloth” and purchase the book, “The Fair Shot That Was Never Given” by my husband, Tony M. Jackson, to get ahead of the story. This is just one of the stories out of the book. There are five more that you will be blessed by.

 

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


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Memphis’ Reverend Sheilah Easterling-Smith deemed a fixture in Body of Christ as the face of WOPP


Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. (Ecclesiastes 4:9 KJV)


GOD’S WOMAN OF PROMISE 

GOD’S LEADING LADY — More than anything, it is because Reverend Sheilah-Smith, this beloved Mid-South-area preacher, is walking diligently in her divine purpose as the Founder and President of Women of Promise and Praise, her inspiring, spiritually-enhancing ministry that has become a constant fixture in the Body of Christ.

DALLAS — To her credit and much to her delight, Reverend Sheilah Easterling-Smith can be appropriately described as a Proverbs 31 kind of woman.

Not just because she’s a devout woman of faith.

Not just because she’s steadfastly on fire for God.

Not because she’s found her spiritual niche as one of God’s most dedicated and resourceful spokespersons.

More than anything, it is because Easterling-Smith, this beloved Mid-South-area preacher, is walking diligently in her divine purpose as the Founder and President of Women of Promise and Praise, her inspiring, spiritually-enhancing ministry that has become a constant fixture in the Body of Christ.

WHAT ABOUT WOPP? https://www.facebook.com/Women-of-Promise-and-Praise-268424283208351/

Established in 2007, Easterling-Smith’s Women of Promise and Praise (or WOPP) is comprised of a group of women dedicated to helping uplift and encourage other women.

“We also concentrate on educating young ladies,” said a spokesperson for WOPP in a detailed introduction of this ministry on its Facebook business page.

A notable ministry that is widely known for aiding and empowering women mightily to discover and reconnect with their God-given worth and purpose, WOPP is making preparations to hold “It Takes A Village” conference, its annual one-day event that will be comprised of a variety of workshops.

Powered by WOPP, this year’s “It Takes A Village” conference will take place on August 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST at Memphis’ Impact Baptist Church & Ministries, located at 2025 Clifton Avenue.

Tickets for this event are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 901.210.7235 or by emailing Easterling-Smith at seasterl@comcast.net.

SAVE THE DATE

During Easterling-Smith’s “It Takes A Village” conference, an assortment of pertinent topics will be discussed, most notably opioid epidemic, sickle cell disease, childhood trauma, domestic violence, and bullying, just to name a few.

Also, door prizes will be given away during this fun-filled, community-wide fellowship.

Interestingly, WOPP will be hosting what is known as the “Seven Last Words Service” Friday night at 7 at Memphis’ Gifts of Life Ministries, located at 3381 Raleigh Millington Road.

This service, which is powered by WOPP, is a pre-Good Friday celebratory event and will be highlighted by a “preached word, drama, and music,” Easterling-Smith wrote in a Facebook post earlier this week.

Hosted by Pastor Andre and Lady Lisa Johnson in conjunction with WOPP, the “Seven Last Words Service” will feature a gallery of at least a half dozen Mid-South-area preachers, as well as a musical presentation by Crystal “SaxLady” Brown.

For Reverend Easterling-Smith, she has managed to assemble what is widely regarded as an immeasurable body of word throughout the year, particularly as a clergywoman.

A notable ministry that is widely known for aiding and empowering women mightily to discover and reconnect with their God-given worth and purpose, WOPP is making preparations to hold “It Takes A Village” conference, its annual one-day event that will be comprised of a variety of workshops.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Easterling-Smith is a graduate of Cleveland’s historic John F. Kennedy High School, where she was devoted to academic excellence while being active in several extracurricular activities, most notably editor of the school’s newspaper.

One of the “First Ladies” (and captains) of what was known as the  Highsteppers, Easterling-Smith was named a Who’s Who in Cleveland Public High Schools.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN — A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Easterling-Smith is a graduate of Cleveland’s historic John F. Kennedy High School, where she was devoted to academic excellence while being active in several extracurricular activities, most notably editor of the school’s newspaper.

Consequently, she enrolled at Indiana State University on an academic scholarship, where she earned an undergraduate with degree in Journalism, a feat that eventually landed her a job in public relations in nearby Chicago. Her professional work experience includes having worked as an R&B promoter for Malaco Records, during which she represented entertainers Z. Z. Hill, Johnnie Taylor, Denise Lasalle, and Little Milton, among others.

Upon relocating to Memphis, Easterling-Smith worked at The Commercial Appeal in the Composing/Make-Up department before she discovered a spiritual detour, of sorts, after she had become a member of Memphis’ historic Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

THE LORD’S DOING — For Reverend Easterling-Smith, she has managed to assemble what is widely regarded as an immeasurable body of word throughout the year, particularly as a clergywoman.

After having served in a variety of ministries at the church known as “The Boulevard,” Easterling-Smith had ultimately accepted her call to ministry. She enrolled at Memphis Theological Seminary, where she graduated cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Divinity.

While operating as the President of WOPP, she is a member of the Fellowship of Black Disciples Clergywomen, North Stakeholders & Clergy Group, the Frayser Exchange Club, as well as the Church Developers Network.


For more information about Mid-South-area Minister/Businesswoman Reverend Sheilah Easterling-Smith, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, or connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/sheilah.easterlingsmith. Also, send email to: seasterl@comcast.net.


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Atlanta-area businesswoman Verna V. Nickelberry functioning fervently in her ‘God taught’ endeavor

GOD-ORDERED STEPS 

DESTINY STEPS — Currently of a resident in the Atlanta area, Verna V. Nickelber is owner and chief executive officer of VeMaShe Enterprise LLC, her up-and-coming media company whose featured entity is product is ODINARY PEOPLE Magazine (or OPM), which went into full operations in 2008.

DALLAS — With all due respect to Verna V. Nickelberry, she essentially had it wrong.

Consider, for instance, when during a weekend interview with Making Headline News, Nickelberry, whose family is originally from Mississippi, spoke about her strong ties to Memphis.

“We moved to Memphis when I was five years old, Nickelberry said. “So Memphis is all I know. It’s home.”
Wrong.
With all due respect to Nickelberry, while she has an immeasurable connection to Memphis, credit her remarkably compelling strides as a notable businesswoman as being arguably the pivotal factor that has given way to her attracting more of a national presence through her endeavors.

OH TASTE AND SEE 

THIS IS THE LORD’S DOING — Although Nickelberry is pretty adamant that her publication essentially “found me,” amongst the things about which she’s thoroughly convinced is that her flourishing enterprise undoubtedly has been endorsed by God.

Currently of a resident in the Atlanta area, Nickelberry is owner and chief executive officer of VeMaShe Enterprise LLC, her up-and-coming media company whose featured entity is product is ODINARY PEOPLE Magazine (or OPM), which went into full operations in 2008.

In addition to running the day-to-day operations of her business, Nickelberry is an accomplished writer, having authored two books: “He Wrote The Script…Just Follow It!: Applying Biblical Principals for Entrepreneurial Success” and “Blue Skies & Green Grass: A 30 Day Affirmation Journal.”

Also, she were amongst 14 women who collectively wrote the book entitled, “Cultivating Your It Factor: 14 Must Haves  To Discover, Define and Refine Your Signature Brand.”

Though her venture accommodates people of all ages and ethnic groups nationwide, Nickelberry emphasized she’s especially blessed to have been afforded the golden opportunity to bask in the glory of her God-given element.

Her children’s book, “The Adventures Of KayKay” will jumpstart a 12-book series and is scheduled to be released this summer, she said.

“I wish I had a great story for you, but the truth is my business found me,” Nickelberry said.

With all due respect once again, Nickelberry — displaying a such resiliency and poise as only she could — certainly has an inspiring story to tell, considering VeMaShe Enterprise emerged courtesy of a rather unique combination that’s comprised of her name as well as the names of her two sons, which intriguingly means “family, unite, and love.”

“I’m wanting to create a family company that my son would work at,” Nickelberry said of her business venture, which has been in existence for approximately 10 years.

Although Nickelberry is pretty adamant that her publication essentially “found me,” amongst the things about which she’s thoroughly convinced is that her flourishing enterprise undoubtedly has been endorsed by God.

MAKING MAJOR STRIDES — With all due respect to Nickelberry, while she has an immeasurable connection to Memphis, credit her remarkably compelling strides as a notable businesswoman as being arguably the pivotal factor that has given way to her attracting more of a national presence through her endeavors.

“It is an assignment — a vision — from God which took place in 2005, but was not birth until 2008,” Nickelberry explained. “We’ve been at it for 10 years.”

And what a memorable decade it has been for this progressive, thriving businesswoman, who doesn’t shy away from the notion that God is the Focal Point of a company whose best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

Interestingly, Nickelberry’s magazine is widely known for hosting an annual business prayer breakfast, as well as its annual OPM Servant Awards, an event that customarily honors individuals, non-profit organizations, and corporations, particularly for their valiant contributions to communities.

This year’s OPM Servant Awards are scheduled for  September 20 in nearby Conyer, Georgia.

In addition to running the day-to-day operations of her business, Nickelberry is an accomplished writer, having authored two books: “He Wrote The Script…Just Follow It!: Applying Biblical Principals for Entrepreneurial Success” and “Blue Skies & Green Grass: A 30 Day Affirmation Journal.”

“We also give out a life time achievement award,” said Nickelberry, alluding to her event’s The Sylvester Bowens Life Time Achievement, which is named in honor of her father.

Though her venture accommodates people of all ages and ethnic groups nationwide, Nickelberry emphasized she’s especially blessed to have been afforded the golden opportunity to bask in the glory of her God-given element.

“I enjoy the freedom doing what I love,” Nickelberry said. “OPM is an inspirational magazine, so we get to share the word of God and some great testimonies of God’s miracles and blessings. This is actually one of the segments in the magazine.”

With all due respect once again, Nickelberry, displaying a such resiliency and poise — certainly has an inspiring story to tell, considering VeMaShe Enterprise emerged courtesy of a rather unique combination that’s comprised of her name as well as the najes of her two sons, which intriguingly means “family, unite, and love.”

Although Nickelberry admittedly was reluctant to go into business for herself, she’s overwhelmingly giddy she had ultimately answered God’s Voice by exercising her faith in ways unimaginable. “I answered the call from God and, nevertheless, I moved forward,” Nickelberry said with a smile. “I’m God taught.”

And, for that reasons, Memphis isn’t all she knows.

With all due respect to this talented, gifted businesswoman, she’s fully persuaded that even while walking fervently in her divine purpose, the best is yet to come.

“If I can but inspire one person while I’m on my daily journey, I would have done my part in bring a smile to someone’s face and joy to their heart,” Nickelberry said.

Capping off a brilliantly, empowering story, one she sensed she never had to tell.

But God Whom, much to her delight, had the final say.


For more information about Atlanta-area Businesswoman Verna V. Nickelberry, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 901.949.3409 or connect with her via social media at:

http://facebook.com/vernavnickelberry; http://linkedin.com/in/vnickelberry; http://www.pinterest.com/vemashe2opm08; http://twitter.com/Vnickelberry; http://instagram.com/vemashe.


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Daughter of Memphis Pastor receives double transplant, erases memory of 22-year-long battle with kidney failure, diabetes

DALLAS — One single phone call over the weekend had ultimately given way to Ivory Jackson Sr.’s daughter, Tamara, violating traffic laws for all the right reasons.

Surely, he didn’t seem to mind.

“She drove 94 (miles per hours) all the way to Jackson,” Jackson Sr., during an interview Tuesday morning with Making Headline News, said, alluding to his daughter’s three-hour commute from Memphis to the capital of Mississippi.


MISSISSIPPI MIRACLE 

DADDY’S LIVING MIRACLE — During a phone call from the University of Mississippi Medical Center Friday evening, Ebony — who was in dire need of kidney and pancreas translates, or a “double transplant,” according to her father — learned that perfect matches had been cited for both, news that jumpstarted her life’s long-awaited comeback.

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Tamara Jackson had gone nearly 25 miles above the speed limit for an extended period of time, look no further than the challenging, sometimes tempestuous occurrences involving her sister, Ebony Jackson.

At the tender age of 10, Ebony was diagnosed with kidney failure. As if that wasn’t enough to send shock waves throughout her family, she was also diagnosed as a Juvenile Diabetic Type 1.

According to a report at https://www.mayoclinic.org/, this type of diabetes is a condition in which a child’s body no longer produces an important hormone (or insulin).

BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER — At the tender age of 10, Ebony was diagnosed with kidney failure. As if that wasn’t enough to send shocks waves throughout her family, she was also diagnosed as a Juvenile Diabetic Type 1.

As a result, the child would customarily need insulin to survive and would have to replace the missing insulin. Also, Type 1 diabetes in children is commonly known as “juvenile diabetes,” or “insulin-dependent diabetes.”

Type 1 diabetes in children, in fact, requires consistent care. However, advances in blood sugar monitoring and insulin delivery have improved the daily management of the condition.

For Ebony Jackson, 33, her diagnosis, which lasted a little more than two decades, had come to what appeared to be a ceremonious end over the weekend.

During a phone call from the University of Mississippi Medical Center Friday evening, Ebony — who was in dire need of kidney and pancreas translates, or a “double transplant,” according to her father — learned that perfect matches had been cited for both, news that jumpstarted her life’s long-awaited comeback.


FAITH ON TRIAL 

GOD’S CO-PILOT — One single phone call over the weekend had ultimately given way to Ivory Jackson Sr.’s daughter, Tamara, violating traffic laws for all the right reasons. “She drove 94 (miles per hours) all the way to Jackson,” Jackson, during an interview Tuesday morning with Making Headline News, said, alluding to his daughter’s three-hour commute from Memphis to the capital of Mississippi.

“I felt like I was floating. My thoughts are still all over the place, as are my emotions,” Ebony wrote in an 8:52 a.m. CST Facebook post before her 1,300-plus social media followers on Saturday. “But I do know that God answered my prayers.”

He didn’t just answer the fervent prayers of this courageous, yet sometimes animated PK — or Pastor’s Kid, according to those in the church world — but that Ebony underwent surgery the next day, during which she was the beneficiary of a new kidney and pancreas essentially had given way to a testimony service orchestrated by her father Sunday morning within the walls of the church her grandfather founded nearly 50 years ago.

“I guess God had something to do with the timing of it,” Ivory Jackson Sr., the Senior Pastor of Memphis’ Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ, said, alluding to his daughter’s surgical procedure that took place the day before his father’s 83rd birthday and 12 days before what would have been his mother’s 84th birthday. “The call happened on Friday as far as making preparations. The transplant happened on Saturday, and I wanted to get to church on Sunday to bring back good news.”


SEASON OF THE REBIRTH 

THE ROMANS 8:37 AFFECT — God didn’t just answer the fervent prayers of this courageous, yet animated PK — or Pastor’s Kid, according to those in the church world — but that Ebony underwent surgery the next day, during which she was the beneficiary of a new kidney and pancreas essentially had given way to testimony service, of sorts, unfolding Sunday morning within the walls of the church her grandfather founded nearly 50 years ago.

For Jackson Sr., it was the kind of “good news” that ironically seemed synonymous to the sermon he had given hours after returning from Jackson. The topic: “What’s In Your Heart?”

For what it’s worth, it’s safe to assume his daughter whom, months leading to her double transplant, had kept her social media followers abreast of her journey, already answered such an inquiry long before her father had posed the question to his congregation.

Having described his daughter as a “fighter” much like her late grandmother, Lottie Jackson, who passed away in October 2012, Ebony’s surgical breakthrough comes a little more than 22 years after her unlikely diagnosis.

FAMILY FOCUS — For what it’s worth, it’s safe to assume his daughter whom, months leading to her double transplant, had keep her kept her social media followers abreast of her journey, already answered such an inquiry long before her father had posed the question to his congregation.

Because God was working diligently behind the scenes on her behalf, this wasn’t merely a proverbial Catch 22, mind you. If nothing else, the dramatic sequence of events surrounding Ebony’s condition is a testament of how she has steadfastly kept God the Focal Point during her immeasurable, yet sometimes stormy journey.

For her valiant efforts, coupled with her bend-but-don’t-break faith, she was finally able to erase of the memory of a two-plus-decade-long affliction, which could have potentially given way to a premature death.

But God…

LOTTIE’S LOOKING DOWN FROM HEAVEN — All that matters at this point, really, is that Ebony, whose drawn much comparison to her late grandmother, underwent successful surgery and is on the road to recovery. Jackson posed for a postgame photo with former Oklahoma City Thunder and current Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant in 2013.

“I was very excited and it was actually surreal to me,” said Ivory Jackson Sr., recalling his immediate reaction after fielding a phone call late Friday night from Ebony, who shared with him the good news surrounding her condition. “I was in the middle of a business transaction and was about to stop and go (take her myself.)”


It wasn’t long after the phone call for which Ebony had desperately waited that she began to prepare to make the three-hour trip down Interstate 55 to Jackson.

Then came Tamara, Jackson Sr.’s other daughter whom, to her credit, not only replaced her father in the driver seat, but she put the pedal to the metal in relatively unorthodox and speedy fashion.

Never mind that she deemed it essentially to violate a few traffic laws in the process.

All that matters at this point, really, is that Ebony — whose spiritual music talents have drawn much comparisons to her late grandmother — underwent successful surgery and, for good measure, is on a much-anticipated road to recovery.


OKCOMEBACK FOR THE AGES

DESTINY STEPS — For her valiant efforts, coupled with her bend-but-don’t-break faith, Ebony was finally able to erase of the memory of a two-plus-decade-long affliction that could have potentially given way to a premature death. But God…

What a memorable journey it was, as evidenced by the good news her father disclosed before his congregation Sunday morning.

“The people told her to go ahead and pack her bags, because she wouldn’t have to wait long,” said Jackson Sr., whose daughter was added to the Mississippi transplant waiting list  roughly two months ago. “My daughter called (Friday night) and was crying. This was the best news I have ever heard.”

So much for that 94-mile-per-hour drive down I-55 for what unequivocally has emerged as the Mississippi Miracle.


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

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

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

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

LOVE AND MUSIC 

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

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

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


PURCHASE ‘LOVE IS A GIFT’ HEREhttps://swadedaphoenix.bandcamp.com/releases

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

The rest, as they say, was history.

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


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