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Memphis author Shelia Sewell’s authorship debut has been nothing short of remarkable

KEEPING IT 100

HOLDING IT DOWN — A native of Natchez, Mississippi — a rural town that rest on the mighty Mississippi River and is comprised of roughly 15,792 residents, according to the latest U.S.  census — Shelia Sewell is a Memphis-based writer who authored the eloquent and compelling book entitled, “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies.”

Don’t get it twisted.

Shelia Sewell isn’t merely boasting or bragging.

Because as she often tells it, she didn’t just aspire to become an author for the sole purpose of saying she’s one.

Rather, she delved off into the ever-so-competitive world of authorship so that she could — you know — make a notable name for herself.

Not to mention, have a massive impact in the process.

MORE ON AUTHOR SHELIA SEWELL: https://www.facebook.com/authorsheliasewell/

“I feel that I received the vision to write many years ago. As an avid reader, I have always wanted to be an author,” Sewell told Making Headline News this week. “But not just an author; I wanted to be a published author and be able to share my work with as many readers as possible.”

Much to her delight, she’s doing just that, considering she’s enjoyed sustained success as an accomplished writer now that she’s nearly two years removed from having made her authorship debut.

SHE’S JUST WARMING UP — Now that her first book is savoring a considerable amount of success, Sewell has announced that other written projects are forthcoming.

A native of Natchez, Mississippi — a rural town that rest on the mighty Mississippi River and is comprised of roughly 15,792 residents, according to the latest U. S.  census — Sewell is a Memphis-based writer who authored the eloquent and compelling book entitled, “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies.”

A book that was officially released in October 2017 and is comprised of 174 pages in length, Sewell’s “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies” depicts the assortment of developments involving one of its featured character, Sheree, whom this writer describes as “the outspoken teacher.”

ALL IN — “I feel that my book’s message is that life happens,” Sewell, a lifetime member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, said. “There are situations that we put ourselves in and there are those that are caused by other people. Also, each chapter of my book has a quote or saying that can be useful to what you might be experiencing in your life.”

Meanwhile, this book also introduces us to Shaina, whom Sewell deems “the unhappily married housewife and mother,” and, Morgan, a career-driven attorney, not to mention Maven, whom Sewell refers to as “the bonafide hood-girl-turned-business-owner.”

In essence, they all have been best friends for over two decades and, every Friday night, you can find Sheree, Shaina, Morgan, and Maven sitting at their reserved VIP table at Rico’s, the most popular 30’s-plus lounge in the city, according to detailed breakdown of Sewell’s book at Amazon.com.

“The girls enjoy exquisite cuisine and specialized cocktails while dishing about life, love, and relationships,” said an Amazon spokesperson for Sewell’s “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies.”


YOU GO GIRL!!! 

A book that is nearing the second anniversary since its ceremoniously release, Sewell’s “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies” has been nothing short of remarkable.

“There’s usually no room for secrets among these friends, because they’ve shared everything: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright scandalous and illegal. But that is all about to change.”

As Sewell explained, amongst her reasons for composing “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies” is that she’s aiming to dismiss the array of the ongoing stereotypes connected to African-American women.

“I wrote this book, because I felt that as a black mother with so many labels — daddy-less daughter, single-parent household, teenaged mother, survivor of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence survivor, sister, friend, and more — I had a unique way of being able to channel all of my experiences into one great work of fiction. I also know that the lives of the characters are real. The challenges that they face in their personal, professional, and family lives are ones that women face every day.”Author Shelia Sewell

A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Sewell began writing her latest book approximately a decade ago, during which she had written sparingly.

“When I moved to the Memphis area in 2013, I had only written about 10-to-12 chapters,” Sewell recalled. “Every time that I would try to write over the years, life got in the way.”

As Sewell acknowledged, it took a freak accident to transpire, which, as a result, fueled her desire to get the book finished.

“In the summer of 2015, I ended up with a hurt back,” Sewell said. “I literally sat in my living room and wrote 22 chapters. I finished the remaining eight chapters for my 40th birthday in October 2015.”

HOT READ — A book that was officially released in October 2017 and is comprised of 174 pages in length, Sewell’s “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies” depicts the assortment of developments involving one of the featured character, Sheree, whom this writer describes as “the outspoken teacher.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

A book that is nearing the second anniversary since its ceremoniously release, Sewell’s “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies” has been nothing short of remarkable.

“I feel that my book’s message is that life happens,” Sewell, a lifetime member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, said. “There are situations that we put ourselves in and there are those that are caused by other people. Also, each chapter of my book has a quote or saying that can be useful to what you might be experiencing in your life.”

MORE ON AUTHOR SHELIA SEWELL: https://www.facebook.com/authorsheliasewell/

WHAT’S DA 411 — As Sewell explained, amongst her reasons for composing “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies” is that she’s aiming to dismiss the array of the ongoing stereotypes connected to African-American women.

Now that her first book is savoring a considerable amount of success, Sewell has announced that other written projects are forthcoming.

“I am currently working on my second book,” she said. “It will be published in the fall.”

One that, in all likelihood, figures to be nothing short of remarkable upon its much-anticipated release.

So don’t get it twisted.


For more information on Mid-South-area Author Shelia Sewell, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing, or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/shelia.l.sewell. Also, send email to:  shesewell1922@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.

Memphis’ Chasity L. Toler takes positive approach to Multiple Sclerosis with a thriving nonprofit organization

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES CHASITY L. TOLER 


“I refuse.”

For Chasity L. Toler, those two simple words, by all accounts, have greatly given way to a defining moment, of sorts, for this Mid-South-area businesswoman.

For all the right reasons, too.

It all unfolded sometime in November 2013, during which Toler was working diligently in her element as a Parent Educator.

What transpired shortly thereafter had essentially changed the overall landscape of her young life.

TO LEGIT TO QUIT — A native Memphian, Chasity L. Toler has gone to great lengths to become an ambassador for Multiple Sclerosis by establishing the Step by Step Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Foundation, her notable nonprofit organization that went into operations in December 2017 and is centered largely on her ability to educate the masses on this disease.

“I was getting prepared for worked and when I stepped out the restroom, my fiancé stated you had a stroke,” Toler, 44, told Making Headline News during an interview this week.

Consequently, Toler had gone into “shock” and was eventually rushed to a local hospital, a shocking, disheartening turn of events that resulted in her being confined to a hospital bed for approximately one week.

Talk about an emotionally scary sequence that would ultimately cause one to assess just how precious, but fragile, life is.

Still, as far as Toler was concerned, she simply “refused” — refused to view and label her apparent downtrodden situation as a forthcoming death sentence.

MORE ON CHASITY L. TOLER’S STEP BY STEP: https://www.stepbystepmsaf.org/

“I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis,” recalled Toler, uttering the word with such eloquence, yet not knowing what it is in any way, shape, or form.

“I knew nothing about it and had no one to turn to but Google,” Toler, a single mother of two sons (ages 21 and nine) explained. “(There was) no help here in the city. The closest help was in Nashville and they only did a yearly walk, but nothing else.”


“I may have Multiple Sclerosis, but Multiple Sclerosis doesn’t have me. To me, MS stand for Many Successes.” — Chasity L. Toler 


Oddly, Toler recalled like yesterday how she was often informed that the most reasonable support for her condition in a major city such as Memphis was at an area hospice facility.

That, as a result, is when she deemed it essential to take a monumental stance and, most importantly, make a difference in the process.

GREAT COMPANY — Congressman Steve Cohen has been amongst Toler’s biggest supporters since the startup of her nonprofit organization. 

A major difference, to be more technical.

“I refuse,” Toler would often say until she reaped the favorable results she so desperately sought. “I began sharing my journey and testimony on Facebook, and so many individuals started reaching out to me.”

Not only that, this native Memphian had even gone to great lengths to become an ambassador for Multiple Sclerosis by establishing the Step by Step Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Foundation, her notable nonprofit organization that went into operations in December 2017 and is centered largely on her ability to educate the masses on this disease.

YOU GO GIRL!! To Toler’s credit, she’s become a fixture for enlightening others since her diagnosis, most notably the recent launching of her inaugural Step by Step Launch Brunch in April, during which proceeds went to her newly-erected foundation.

According to a detailed breakdown at https://www.mayoclinic.org/, multiple sclerosis — which is widely known also as MS — is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (or central nervous system).

Interestingly, when becoming diagnosed with MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (or myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause the nerves themselves to deteriorate or become permanently damaged.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — According to a detailed breakdown at https://www.mayoclinic.org/, multiple sclerosis — which is widely known also as MS — is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (or central nervous system).

Moreover, signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS, in fact, may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.

To Toler’s credit, she’s become a fixture for enlightening others since her diagnosis, most notably the recent launching of her inaugural Step by Step Launch Brunch in April, during which proceeds went to her newly-erected foundation.

“I love helping and being a listening ear for others that are going through the same thing that I was and some days currently go through,” Toler, a graduate of Memphis Melrose High, said.

THE FACE OF MEMPHIS — “I have met the City of Memphis Mayor (Jim Strickland),” said Toler, who also generated headlines on Congressmen Steve Cohen’s newsletter.

While Toler is steadily devising ways to promote and enhance her nonprofit organization, she certainly appears headed in the right direction.

Amongst the reasons is that her organization services individuals of all ages or, as she acknowledges, “from teens to elderly.”

“Some are mobile and some are not mobile or they need assistants or (are placed) in nursing homes,” said Toler, who holds an Associate’s Degree in Surgical Technology from National College .

Much to delight, Toler doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s destined to view her diagnosis with MS from a positive perspective, a trend that has prompted a few prominent local officials to applaud her valiant efforts.

“I have met the City of Memphis Mayor (Jim Strickland),” said Toler, who also generated headlines on Congressmen Steve Cohen’s newsletter.

WE ALL IN FOR CHASITY — Besides a few local political figures, Toler’s supporting cast is comprised largely of her sons, she said.

“My mission is to empower, equip, improve, and support the quality of life through advocacy and education for all affected by Multiple Sclerosis directly and indirectly,” said Toler, whose organization is preparing to host a fashion show on October 27th at The Haven in Downtown Memphis.

Besides a few local political figures, Toler’s supporting cast is comprised largely of her sons, she said.

“My sons inspire me to push and to fight through it all…seeing my oldest go through depression when I got diagnosed and our life hit rock bottom with losing my job at the time I was diagnosed because Tennessee is an at-will state and they terminated my job,” Toler said. “I heard ‘No’ so much, I just knew a ‘Yes’ was on the way.”

GOD’S PLAN — “I refuse,” Toler would often say until she reaped the favorable results she so desperately sought. “I began sharing my journey and testimony on Facebook, and so many individuals started reaching out to me.”

Indeed it was. And to her credit, it was because she never gave up.

“I refuse,” Toler often says.

Until someone tells her “Yes.”

“You never know how strong you are until you have no choice but to be strong,” Toler said. “I may have Multiple Sclerosis, but Multiple Sclerosis doesn’t have me. To me, MS stand for Many Successes.”

For more information Mid-South-area Businesswoman Chasity L. Toler, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: Chasity Toler. Also, send email to: sbsmsa@outlook.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.

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

MEMPHISShelandra Ford is a Memphian.

Born and raised to be technical.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The early voting period is from April 11-26.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AWWWWWW —- Ford’s beloved grandchildren.

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

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

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

WHERE IT ALL STARTED — Ford’s mother.

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

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

  • Being an advocate for the Shelby County community.
  • Building better communication between the Deeds Office and the people of Shelby County.
  • Creating new, innovative ideas to help educate, empower, and enliven the Shelby County community and,
  • Improving efficiency of database information and providing customer friendly options for filing private documents. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

MEMPHIAN SHELANDRA FORD AT A GLIMPSE:

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

 

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

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

 

 

Is Mid-South-area businesswoman Shaqueena Cleveland the professional makeup artist industry’s best kept secret?

MEMPHIS — Dreams really do come true.

Surely, Shaqueena Cleveland can greatly attest to this awe-inspiring, life-enhancing notion.

ISN’T SHE LOVELY? It is due in large part to Shaqueena Cleveland’s unyielding, relentless perseverance, coupled with her commitment to educational excellence that have contributed mightily to Cleveland having become the well-rounded instructor for the Institute of Make Up Arts.

Consider, for instance, how Cleveland, a Mid-South-area businesswoman during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News this week, explained in great detail her proverbial competitive drive in life that essentially has given way to an array of endeavors about which she’s pursued.

“It has allowed me the opportunity to work harder to pursue my dream,” Cleveland said. I have always dreamed of owning my own business. It started with pursing my education.”

For what it’s worth, it is due in large part to her unyielding, relentless perseverance, coupled with her steadfast commitment to educational excellence that have contributed mightily to Cleveland having become a well-rounded instructor for the Institute of Make Up Arts.

Located at 5728 Stage Road, Suite 7 in Bartlett, Tennessee, the Institute of Make Up Arts featured mission is to help students reach their maximum potential as the next generation of makeup artists, according to a detailed description of the school at www.imuapro.com. In addition, this institution strives to educate makeup artists in a variety of media while simultaneously using what is described as Queen Cosmetics.

IN HER OWN WORDS — “Once I obtained my degrees and certifications, I knew that I could not stop there,” Cleveland said. “My hunger for success and my drive to obtain more encouraged me to set my sight on the sky because that was my only limit. After I obtained my masters, I begin working as an accountant for Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, a very prestigious and awesome company.”

“We provide students with all of the skills needed to succeed as makeup artists and to give them a solid foundation for any job they seek,” according to a spokesperson for the Institute of Make Up Arts. “In addition, students are taught professionalism, ethics, business, and history.”

Also, Cleveland’s professional makeup institute places a strong emphasis on offering training and certification to those who have a passion for the makeup industry, particularly those who aspire to find their niche in the professional industry of beauty, television, film and other special events and career endeavors.

A native of Shelby, Mississippi and a graduate of Delta State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Cleveland emphasized that her school offers two notable programs, both of which are full-time and part-time or, in a nutshell, freelance makeup artistry and fashion makeup artistry.

The institute also offers business-related hands on courses, she said, and that at the end each session, the students style with live models, or basically what Cleveland described as “a style of real life experiences” that give pupils the confidence and motivation essential for the industry as makeup artists.

Freelance Makeup Artistry, she said, focuses on beauty and glamour techniques and is most suited for those who are interested in bridal, special events, private salons, photography and pageants. Conversely, she said that Fashion Makeup Artistry focuses on high fashion techniques and is most suited for those interested in runway, entertainment, photography, television, bridal, commercial, and spa/salon industries.

Having been actively involved in the professional makeup artist industry for more than two decades, Cleveland’s expertise keen professionalism has allowed her to put her immeasurable skills on display in a slew of Southeastern states. “However, I have had people from West Africa and Paris, France and Mexico to inquire of the services,” she said.

Interesting enough, Cleveland said her school’s programs are less than $2,000 for full sessions and classes are offered day, night and weekends.

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“In this evolving billion dollars industry, it is our mission to provide the finest training and create professionally trained artist to work in various careers,” said Cleveland, whom, in 2010, earned a Master’s degree in Science of Accountancy from University of Phoenix, then became fully licensed and in 2017 from the Academy of Makeup Arts. “Regardless of the path you choose, we have been there and our accomplished artists can help you get there too. We welcome students from all over the world.”

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — A native of Shelby, Mississippi and a graduate of Delta State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Cleveland emphasized that her school offers two notable programs, which both are full-time and part-time or, in a nutshell, freelance makeup artistry and fashion makeup artistry.

Having been actively involved in the professional makeup artist industry for more than two decades, Cleveland’s expertise and keen professionalism have allowed her to put her immeasurable skills on display in a slew of Southeastern states. “However, I have had people from West Africa and Paris, France and Mexico to inquire of the services,” she said.

In addition, she said arguably her biggest supporters during her stellar career have been her husband, Johnnie Cleveland, Tamika Turner, owner of the Institute of Beauty, her sister, Melody Robinson-Henry, and the Apostle Joseph Young and Gloria Igue.

Moreover, Cleveland said a new school is about to go into operations and that the first class will take place on September.

Also, the Institute of Make Up Arts will be hosting its’ inaugural Pretty Face Competition on November 4 at 4:30 pm at a time and location to be determined.

According to Cleveland, the event will showcase the talent of makeup artists throughput the Memphis metropolitan area and that participants can begin registering for the event on August 1 at www.imuapro.com.

Cleveland’s professional makeup institute places a strong emphasis on offering training and certification to those who have a passion for the makeup industry, particularly those who aspire to find their niche in the professional industry of beauty, television, film and other special events and career endeavors.

 

“Once I obtained my degrees and certifications, I knew that I could not stop there,” Cleveland said. “My hunger for success and my drive to obtain more encouraged me to set my sight on the sky because that was my only limit. After I obtained my masters, I begin working as an accountant for Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, a very prestigious and awesome company.”

To her distinctly unique credit, one monumental endeavor ultimately led to another.

Look at her today, diligently walking in the divine purpose for which God created her.

Yes… dreams really do come true.

 

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTE TO SHAQUEENA CLEVELAND: 

 

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

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

Little Rock-area author Andre’anna Hampton providing a whole new twist to stay-at-home moms in her new book

KNOWLEDGE OF POWERFUL — A native of Little Rock and a graduate of McClellan High School, Andre’anna Hampton is the mastermind behind soon-to-be-released book entitled, Every Woman Is Powerful, an informative, captivating written document that addresses, among other things, the stereotypes surrounding stay-at-home mothers and wives. In her book that is scheduled to be released sometime in September, Hampton appropriately tackled an array of subjects, all while steadfastly encouraging and reminding ladies that they can achieve excellence and broaden their horizon even while electing to take on a regular 9-to-5 gig.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — Say what you want about Andre’anna Hampton.

Because at the end of the real day, one thing she’s determined not to become is just another statistic.

At just 25 years of age, Hampton is mother of two, a stay-at-home-mom to be more technical.

So what is the point to all of this?

Well, perhaps Hampton can explain it — more plainly.

“Every woman is in fact powerful,” Hampton said. We have a success story ourselves, and we have a great movement.”

Now that Hampton has gotten your attention, it would be rather befitting to read more about this progressively talent young mother whom, for the record, is also a devoted, Godly wife.

Aside from assuming the illustrious roles as Super Mom and Super Wife, Hampton is owner and CEO of Infinity Love Couture Co., a notable women’s online boutique that customarily provides ladies with the latest up-to-date fashion attire and apparel.

Oh, here’s the real attention-grabber involving this thriving, progressive mom-turned-wife-turned-entrepreneur.

Hampton, to her distinctly unique credit, is a mom-turned-wife-turned-entrepreneur-turned-author.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS — Aside from assuming the illustrious roles as Super Mom and Super Wife, Hampton is owner and CEO of Infinity Love Couture Co., a notable women’s online boutique that customarily provides ladies with the latest up-to-date fashion attire and apparel.

A native of Little Rock and a graduate of McClellan High School, Hampton is the mastermind behind her soon-to-be-released book entitled, Every Woman Is Powerful, an informative, captivating written document that addresses, among other things, the stereotypes surrounding stay-at-home mothers and wives.

In her book that is scheduled to be released sometime in September, Hampton appropriately tackled an array of subjects, all while steadfastly encouraging and reminding young ladies that they can achieve excellence and broaden their horizon even while electing not to take on a regular 9-to-5 gig.

YOUNG AND INSPIRING — Given her dauntless desire and mission for composing what is expected to be a must-read book that will available for purchase at Amazon.com, Hampton doesn’t shy away from the notion that even at the tender age of 25, she’s the ideal mentor to whom other young lady can look up.

“Keep your head held high, your chin up with prayers up and don’t be scared of your own ambitions,” Hampton, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, said while explaining the primary purpose for her upcoming book. Let young girls and women become inspired. They need mentors.”

And given her dauntless desire and mission for composing what is expected to be a must-read book that will available for purchase at Amazon.com, Hampton doesn’t shy away from the notion that even at the tender age of 25, she’s the ideal mentor to whom other young ladies can look up.

After all, at the end of the real day, one thing she’s determined not to become is just another statistic.

“God created me and He is my Omega,” Hampton said.

Oh..and He’s her Alpha, too or, as she tells it, “He is my everything, and I wouldn’t be who I am today without Him. I feel strongly that He has purposely placed this opportunity in my lap. He wanted me to share aspects of my story, be proud, and influence others’ lives…to be an inspiration and leave a legacy for others and my children.”

Months before the much-anticipated release of her new book, Hampton is appreciative of the fact that she’s already fielding favorable feedback, a trend that could very well give way to what she hopes is a favorable increase in presale orders much sooner than later.

“So, far I’ve gained some great positive feedback from family and friends. They could just as well be haters and jealousy, but I’m ready. My movement is my movement, and I’m not going to get out of formation.”

Not is she settling for being just another statistic. You get the point.

What’s even more astounding is that this gifted and talented stay-at-home mom acknowledges that her second book is presently in the works. The title: “The Good, The Bad And The Blessed.”

As for her first book she began writing in April and needed just one month to complete, Hampton said she chose to move forward with the project as a way to greatly enable stay-at-home women to become inspired, thus exemplify confidence and, perhaps befriend her as a result.

Hampton’s Every Woman Is Powerful is being published by the Little Rock-based J. Kenkade Publishing Company which, according to the Christian-based independent publishing company at www.jkenkade.com, is comprised of 13 authors.

HAVING A MASSIVE IMPACT — As for her first book that she began writing in April and needed roughly one month to complete, Hampton said she chose to move forward with the project as a way to enable stay-at-home women to become inspired, thus exemplify confidence and, perhaps befriend her as a result.

“This is my first big exposure engagement,” Hampton said of the headlines her book is starting to generate. “I want to add that the support that is and will come in to play during these moments of my life, I’m still going to be who I am at this moment. I’m not going to forget where I came from and who my friends are. Just like everyone else in this world, I have a vision and I want for it to be all it can be with God’s hands on it…not just a blueprint.

“I want to use my knowledge and success to only lift up others and have them to join me in my movement.”

Because at the end of the real day, one thing she’s determined not to become is just another statistic.

 

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

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson is the former chief adjutant to Elder Andrew Jackson, Sr. of Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Mid-South-area businessman Dwayne Chaffen, Jr. striving to turn Memphis into an ‘information technology powerhouse’

TEN-NES-SEE THIS BOOMING BUSINESS — A native of Memphis, Dwayne Chaffen, Jr., 32, is owner and chief executive officer of Embrytech, an up-and-coming information technology-based venture that offers, among other things, digital marketing and IT consulting services for a variety of industries.

MEMPHISDwayne Chaffen, Jr. is only keeping it real.

During an interview this week with Making Headline News, Chaffen, Jr., an accomplished Memphis-based businessman who has appropriately found his niche in the ever-so-competitive information technology industry, explained in great detail what obviously is a downward trend, of sorts, particularly as it pertains to African-Americans becoming actively engaged in the prominent Silicon Valley Big Tech companies.

“I would like to say that many people may not realize it, but it is a statistical fact that many of our Silicon Valley Big Tech companies such as Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Intel, and Google workforce is less than two percent black,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Black people are highly misrepresented within the IT industry.”

GETTIN’ IN WHERE HE FIT IN — Chaffen, Jr. strongly believes that with his flourishing business, he possess the tools and knowledge to bring about change, most notably for the betterment of minorities in what has become an extremely competitive industry.

For what it’s worth and to his distinct credit, that minorities have very little presence in what surely is a booming and popular industry is what has fueled Chaffen, Jr.’s competitive drive to establish his own IT-oriented business, one he hopes will become a fixture throughout the Mid-South and surrounding areas — much sooner than later.

A native of Memphis, Chaffen, Jr., 32, is owner and chief executive officer of Embrytech, an up-and-coming information technology-based venture that offers, among other things, digital marketing and IT consulting services for a variety of industries.

A company that is a little more than eight months removed from its much-anticipated inception, Embrytech is making an array of pivotal strides, in large part because Chaffen, Jr. is armed with a wealth of experience as one of the Mid-South’s youngest and most energetic IT professionals.

MAN ON A MISSION — “My personal mission is to serve my clients with the spirit of excellence,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Every business owner deserves to know how technology can add to their bottom line, and Embrytech is the perfect company to explain this to them. My goal is to grow Embrytech into an information technology powerhouse that will be around for all future generations to come.”

“We’ve got the necessary tools and expertise to help you grow your business successfully,” said Chaffen, Jr., who boasts more than a decade of information technology experience along with having earned an Associate’s Degree in Computer Networking Systems from Memphis’ ITT-Tech. “We partner with our clients to develop engaging digital marketing strategies, design high quality and scalable solutions, and build rich brand experiences. All of that simply means our efforts translate into creating more customers for you and increasing your bottom line.”

And here’s the real kicker, Chaffen, Jr. is quick to point out.

“And the best part is that your business get to keep 100 percent of our efforts,” he said. “We work for you.”

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — A company that is a little more than eight removed from its inception, Embrytech is making an array of pivotal strides, in large part because Chaffen, Jr. is armed with a wealth of experience as one of the Mid-South youngest and most energetic IT professional.

In addition, Chaffen, Jr. strongly believes that with his flourishing business, he possesses the essential tools and knowledge to bring about some much-needed change, most notably for the betterment of minorities in what has become an extremely competitive industry.

WHAT ABOUT EMBRYTECH? https://www.embrytech.com/

“Embrytech is working to change that,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “I am not looking to socially diversify or integrate with Silicon Valley, although we will welcome collaboration. I am looking to break the mold, obliterate the stereotypes, and create my own Silicon Valley right here in my home town of Memphis.”

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Chaffen, Jr. is so passionate about having a major impact through his chosen industry in the Mid-South and surrounding areas, look no further than the information technology talent this Memphis Mitchell High graduate has witnessed in the Bluff City in recent years.

“There are many bright IT minds right here in my own back yard,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Memphis is named America’s Aerotropolis, where runways, roads, rails, and the river merge.”

Not to mention a major establishment that houses a slew of Fortune 500 Companies, Chaffen, Jr. added.

“Memphis is home to FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper, Service Master, Mueller Industries, Fred’s Discount Store, and an assortment of transportation and logistics companies,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “I and my company, Embrytech, are not only willing to solve a client’s technical issues, but also willing to collaborate with other organizations to help turn Memphis into a technical powerhouse.”

With his unyielding passion and purpose, coupled with his solid body of work and experience as a veteran IT professional, it’s safe to assume that Chaffen, Jr. and Embrytech’s biggest and brightest days are well ahead of them.

“My personal mission is to serve my clients with the spirit of excellence,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Every business owner deserves to know how technology can add to their bottom line, and Embrytech is the perfect company to explain this to them. My goal is to grow Embrytech into an information technology powerhouse that will be around for all future generations to come.”

He’s not bragging, mind you.

He’s only keeping it real.

 

For more information about Memphis businessman Dwayne Chaffen, Jr., contact him at www.embrytech.com, at Facebook.com/embrytech, or follow him on Instagram @dchaffen.

 

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

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

 

 

Memphis businesswoman Leatriece G. Franklin’s LF Mobile LifeSaving Courses, LLC taking CPR training to a whole new level

MEMPHIS — Leatriece G. Franklin is a thriving, resourceful businesswoman who not only exemplifies the heart for helping people from various walks of life to live and savor the abundant life our Creator came to give us.

More than anything, she aspires daily to help others save lives — literally.

A native of Memphis, Franklin is owner and chief executive officer of LF Mobile LifeSaving Courses, LLC, an effective and resourceful CPR-oriented venture that is becoming a fixture in the Mid-South and surrounding areas.

During an interview with Making Headline News this week, Franklin, 44, explained in great detail how her well-established, credible business was created in large part to train as many individuals and groups as possible in advanced and basic First Aid CPR and AED.

LIVING OUT HER DREAM — A native of Memphis, Leatriece G. Franklin is owner and chief executive officer of LF Mobile LifeSaving Courses, LLC, an effective and resourceful CPR-oriented venture that is becoming a fixture in the Mid-South and surrounding areas.

According to a 2017 report surrounding the American Heart Association, each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States, Franklin was quick to cite during the interview.

In addition, this longtime CPR expert stressed that nearly 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests ultimately wound up dying, a staggering, jaw-dropping figure she sensed could greatly be reduced with the necessary precautions, coupled with proper CPR training.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — According to a 2017 report surrounding the American Heart Association, each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States, Franklin was quick to cite during the interview. In addition, this longtime CPR expert stressed that nearly 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests ultimately wound up dying, a staggering, jaw-dropping figure she sensed could greatly be reduced with the necessary precautions, coupled with proper CPR training.

“This essentially means that LF Mobile LifeSaving Courses has the potential to impact many lives,” Franklin said. “Services are literally brought to you, which is where the mobile piece comes in. Many people are unable to attend traditional courses for a variety of reasons, and being mobile eliminates the access barrier associated with traveling to a class.”

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All things considered, Franklin said amongst the things she admires about her business is realizing, among others things, that her clients are fully empowered and skilled or, as she labeled it, “more than up to standard,” especially with regards to  the potential to save a life — or two, or three or, well…you get the point.

ARE Y’ALL HAVING FUN YET? All things considered, Franklin said amongst the things she admires about her business is realizing, among others things, that her clients are fully empowered and skilled or, as she labeled it, “more than up to standard,” especially with regards to  the potential to save a life — or two, or three or, well…you get the point.

“I love seeing the enjoyment on their faces when they attend class, from adults to children,” said Franklin, a longtime Registered Nurse who currently serves as a Staffing Manager with Saint Francis Hospital in the Bartlett, Tennessee area.

Moreover, LF Mobile LifeSaving Courses are available mostly to individuals ranging in ages nine years and older because, as Frankin can great attest, “Any child age nine and above that can appropriately demonstrate skills can be awarded a certification because CPR training is for any and every one.”

Interesting enough, Franklin, whose wealth of experience through professional CPR training spans more 15 years, stressed that there is not one demographic that she can think of that could not benefit from learning CPR.

ALL LIVES MATTER — Interesting enough, Franklin, whose wealth of experience through professional CPR training spans more 15 years, stressed that there is not one demographic that she can think of that could not benefit from learning CPR.

Having been rerouted at the rank of Captain with the United States Army Reserves, Franklin’s passion for teaching CPR courses was discovered at the Military base in nearby Millington.

Today and to her distinct credit, LF Mobile offers classes in Kentucky, Arkansas, and Mississippi, among other establishments.

“Being mobile means I am willing to travel to whomever and wherever training is needed,” Franklin said.

As for her primary mission for unyieldingly pushing and promoting her business, Franklin acknowledged that LF Mobile strives to help improve survival rates related to cardiac arrest, a trend that is implemented by providing high quality instructions with each and every course.

“My mom was a nurse for many, many years with the Veterans Administration hospital here in Memphis,” Franklin explained. “Her strength was amazing. She worked full-time and went to school full time to become a nurse. When I became a nurse, her work ethic always stuck with me and I made it a daily goal to always go above and beyond with caring for others. That has also been part of every class I teach. No one will every say, ‘Oh she just went through the motions,’ when it comes to the classes I teach. This is my passion. Nothing less than amazing is acceptable.”

NATIONAL IMPACT — Today and to her distinct credit, LF Mobile offers classes in Kentucky, Arkansas, and Mississippi, among other establishments.

Generally, LF Mobile offers courses Monday through Friday starting at approximately 6 p.m. and anytime on the weekend.

Franklin’s itinerary includes a July health fair at a date and venue to be announced. In addition, she is scheduled to conduct CPR training for the Fifth Ward Church of Christ in Houston July 29. Also, she will appear at a health fair in August at a time and site to be announced and is scheduled to attend a health fair sponsored by Methodist South in September.

When asked why is it imperative that she esteems and inspires others daily, Franklin said, “Simply put, because someone’s life depends on it.”

In that order.

For more information about Leatriece G. Franklin, MHA, MSN, RN, CRRN and LF Mobile LifeSaving Courses, LLC, call 901-337-8964.

 

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

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

 

Mid-South-area business owner Velinda Humphreys reinforces the importance of entrepreneurship to her daughter in sluggish economic market

MOTHERLY LOVE — To grasp a broader understanding of why Memphis businesswoman Diarah Humphreys has become inspired to shift her focus to that of a full-time entrepreneur, look no further than the valiant contributions rendered by her mother, Velinda Humphreys, a longtime businesswoman who delved off into entrepreneurship a little more than two decades ago. Diarah is owner and chief operating officer of Chick A Dee’s Pastries And Things, a business that went full throttle shortly after she graduated from Southwind High in 2012.

As far as Diarah Humphreys is concerned, it’s not a matter of, “Why me?”

Rather, it’s a matter of, “Why not me?”

“The world we live in today is based off of working for yourself, so why not?” Humphreys told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “To able to do what I love and in my own setting means everything to me.”

The 22-year-old Humphreys is alluding in large part to her newly-established venture as owner and chief operating officer of Chick A Dee’s Pastries And Things, a business that went full throttle shortly after she graduated from Southwind High School in 2012.

“When I first started baking, I didn’t think that I would still be intrigued and interested in it the way that I am now,” Humphreys said. “It was just something to do.”

YOU GO GIRL!!! Fortunately for Diarah, things appear to go holding up favorably for this young, progressive businesswoman, whose professional baking business is in its infancy stages. According to Velinda Humphreys, who routinely promotes and pushes her daughter’s business via social media, plans are effectively underway to locate a building where Diarah can better enhance her brand.

Today, Humphreys’ up-and-coming, made-from-scratch desserts business essentially has become a way of life, primarily because it has become her livelihood for the most part.

To grasp a broader concept of why Humphreys has become inspired to shift her focus to that of a full-time entrepreneur, look no further than the valiant contributions rendered by her mother, Velinda Humphreys, a longtime businesswoman, who delved off into entrepreneurship a little more than two decades ago.

Velinda Humphreys, 43, is owner and CEO of Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare, a mobile beauty salon designed to service elderly individuals as well as those who are unable to leave the confines of their homes and visit salons the traditional way.

HOW YA LIKE ME NOW? Velinda Humphreys, 43, is owner and CEO of Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare, a mobile beauty salon designed to service elderly individuals as well as those who are unable to leave the confines of their homes and visit salons the traditional way.

Considering she and her daughter’s businesses are based in a Memphis economic landscape that is deemed amongst the worst the country, Velinda Humphreys said she has always stressed to her daughter the importance of starting a credible business, especially since for someone as young she is, higher education isn’t something she wanted to pursue — at least not right now.

According to a March 30 report in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, for instance, the unemployment rate in the Memphis-metropolitan area for February was at 5.1 percent, slightly higher than the five percent of one year ago, according to some preliminary government statistics.

Such figures came as no surprised to Velinda Humphreys, a professional cosmetologist whose notable career spans more than 25 years.

 “Oftentimes, people will not pay you what you are worth,” Velinda Humphreys explained. “They are only out for self. Companies do not value employees’ hard work. I’m not going to say all (companies) but most. I always told both of my children — I have an older son also — ‘If you are not going to go to college, at least get a trade.’ My son went off to college, but still wants to be an entrepreneur.  I always knew my daughter would not (enroll in a) four year college. I did not sway her either way. I believe in allowing them to make their own decisions with guidance and research.”

Fortunately for Diarah, things appear to go holding up favorably for this young, progressive businesswoman, although her professional baking business is in its infancy stages.

According to Velinda Humphreys, who routinely promotes and pushes her daughter’s business via social media,  plans are effectively underway to locate a building where Diarah can better enhance her brand.

Talk about having an influential impact.

“I have wanted my own (business) for a while, but I was afraid,” Velinda Humphreys said. “That’s why I told my daughter to go for what’s she wants now while she is young. Nothing fails (except not trying), but you have to take that jump. You are not guaranteed tomorrow and there is no time like the present.”

That Diarah has masterfully heeded the advice of her mother, coupled with her steadfast desire to enjoy sustained success as a young business owner, Velinda is confident her daughter’s best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

COMBATING THE ODDS — Considering she and her daughter’s businesses are based in a Memphis economic landscape that is deemed one of the worst the country, Velinda Humphreys said she has always stressed to her daughter the importance of starting a credible business, especially since for someone as young she is, education isn’t something she wanted to pursue.

“(I tell her to), ‘Go for your goals while you’re young and still able,’” Velinda said. “I had my children (at a young age) and my plans had been altered. But she doesn’t have kids.”

All of which essentially sums up why as a young entrepreneur, Diarah can do what she wants when she wants to.

“Things can be ran how you want them to be with no questions asked, knowing there is no one above you to tell you otherwise,” Diarah said of being her own boss. “That’s the beauty of it. There are jobs all around (Memphis), but to do something that you’re passionate about is a career, and what better way to have a career when it’s ran by you.”

So why not her?

 

 

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

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

Nashville-area author Dr. Carolyn R. Green’s new book has been deemed a constant ‘page turner’ by her audience

TEN-NES-SEE AND READ THIS BOOK — According a spokesperson for Amazon.com — the site where Dr. Carolyn Green’s book can be purchased — “Bondfire: A Tale of Love, Betrayal and a Dangerous Game” is a dazzling, attention-grabbing, tear-jerking book in which Dr Green pulls “no stops” in her debut novel.

Dr. Carolyn R. Green made her authorship debut nearly a year ago.

As far as she is concerned, the time has come that she — for a lack of better words — take it up a notch.

“Everyone who has read this book has said they read it a day and could not put it down,” Dr. Green told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “It is a pager turner.”

The book to which Dr. Green is alluding is her provocative, awe-inspiring written document entitled, “Bondfire: A Tale Of Love, Betrayal And A Dangerous Game.”

A paperback, 334-page project that was published by Azaida Media, LLC, “Bondfire: A Tale Of Love, Betrayal And A Dangerous Game” effectively hit the market on August 29, 2016.

According a spokesperson for Amazon.com — the site where Dr. Green’s book can be purchased — “Bondfire: A Tale Of Love, Betrayal And A Dangerous Game” is a dazzling, attention-grabbing, tear-jerking book in which Dr Green pulls “no stops” in her debut novel.

A paperback, 334-page project that was published by, Azaida Media, LLC “Bondfire: A Tale Of Love, Betrayal And A Dangerous Game” effectively hit the market on August 29, 2016.

“She distinctively takes the reader on an intriguing and emotional journey that provokes both conscious and subconscious reactions,” the spokesperson explained.

Moreover, Dr. Green’s book depicts the lives of such characters by the names of Tish, Lisa and Carol, all of whom have been friends since preschool. Now as grown, educated women, the trio of women are devising ways navigate the complexities of men and relationships through secrets, lies, risks and twists, all of which, as Dr. Green points out, “turn this story upside down!”

Interesting enough, such drama-filled developments through Dr. Green’s astounding books have given way to a few inquiries.

OH MY OH MY!!!! Moreover, Dr. Green’s book depicts the lives of such characters by the names of Tish, Lisa and Carol, all of whom have been friends since preschool. Now as grown, educated women, each of them are devising ways navigate the complexities of men and relationships through secrets, lies, risks and twists, all of which, as Dr. Green points out, “turn this story upside down!”

“Who’s really who? Who’s loyal? Who’s not safe,” the spokesperson said. “Join the author on this journey as she strategically explores the diverse and challenging encounters that many face.”

By and large, Dr. Green’s “Bondfire: A Tale of Love, Betrayal And A Dangerous Game” is the first official installment in her Bondfire Series and, according to many who have read this latest version, her project has been nothing short of amazing.

“One young lady told me that she learned that sometimes you must let a person or situation go when you have given all that you can give,” Dr. Green said. “I have been told my many readers that they can identify or relate with the characters in the book.”

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A native West Memphis, Arkansas who currently resides in Nashville, where she works primarily as a National Behavioral Trainer/Math Consultant through the Center For Teacher Effectiveness, Dr. Green said it was through a God-orchestrated vision some two years ago that greatly inspired her to assemble her book.

“I have always had a vivid imagination from as early as elementary school,” Dr. Green explained. “My teachers would always volunteer me to read my stories when we were given a creative writing assignment. Everyone would love my stories. From about sixth grade, I wanted to be a writer. By the time I reached high school, I was a teenage mother, and by the age of nineteen, I had two children.”

Because of the divine calling on her life, coupled with such resiliency and her steadfast commitment to maximizing her potential, Dr. Green was determined not to become another statistic by way of teenage pregnancy and a lack of education.

All things considered, she was destined to defy the greatest of odds.

GODLY WOMAN ON THE MOVE — Given the assortment of favorable feedback surrounding her new book, it’s safe to assume that Dr. Green’s best and brightest days through authorship are well ahead of her.

“I had to pursue my other talent, which was mathematics, which led to a career to create a stable home and environment for my children,” Dr. Green said. “Now that my children are adults with successful careers, I am now pursuing my first love, which is writing.”

She’s doing just that.

And, given the assortment of favorable feedback surrounding her new book, it’s safe to assume that Dr. Green’s best and brightest days through authorship are well ahead of her.

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“The purpose for which God has created me is to share my story,” said Dr. Green, whose next book, Bondfire: Love Betrayal and Consequences,” is presently in works and is scheduled to be released in the fall. “Through God, I can overcome any situation. I have overcome a lot of obstacles, especially being a single parent, raising two children.”

But God…

“(God) broke me down to show me that everyone needs someone,” Dr. Green said. “I can’t go through life alone. When I write, I feel like I am in my own little world and it just makes me happy. I feel like God brought me back to where he wanted me to be in the beginning. I feel like my life has come full circle.”

Talk about taking it up a notch.

 

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