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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.


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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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Mid-South Corporate America professional Tonia Wynette relishing her vision as a Life Coach/Motivational Speaker

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES TONIA WYNETTE 


We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. (Romans 15:1 NLT)


Just recently, on a Friday morning just after 10 a. m. CST in the third week of September, Tonia Wynette had just arrived to work and was in the process of getting settled in.

Just as she was about to begin her day, she suddenly began to hear from God unlike never before.

For what it’s worth, this accomplished and resourceful Corporate America professional had no choice but to pause and lend her ear to that about which was directed toward her.

DESTINY STEPS UNFOLDING — A native of Piperton — a rural town that is housed in Fayette County, Tennessee and is comprised of roughly 1,445 residents, according to the latest U. S, census — Tonia Wynette announced recently her strategic plans to carry out her long-awaited vision as a Life Coach/Motivational Speaker.

“With obstacles comes progress,” a dear friend told Wynette during a phone conversation as she tuned in with pure wonderment.

And just like that, Wynette essentially was introduced to the purpose for which God created, was officially introduced to a lofty, God-mandated assignment she sensed would ultimately come to fruition at some point in time.

As it turned out, that point in time is now.

“I’ve always been a nurturer…a bit selfless. I love making others feel good,” Wynette told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “It breaks my heart when I hear people talk down on themselves. If I see sadness in your eyes, I feel obligated to help you to see that there’s something to be grateful for, something to smile about.”

It is due in large part to Wynette’s bend-but-don’t-break faith, coupled with her fervent desire to esteem others highly than herself, that she is thoroughly convinced she’s destined to tackle and embrace yet another awe-inspiring venture at this stage in her life.  

A native of Piperton who grew up as a P. K. (widely known as a Preacher’s Kid) — a rural town that is housed in Fayette County, Tennessee and is comprised of roughly 1,445 residents, according to the latest U. S, census — Wynette announced recently her strategic plans to carry out her long-awaited vision as a Life Coach/Motivational Speaker.

For Wynette, 39, it is an endeavor that essentially had been in the works for some time. Now she’s persuaded the time has come to exercise her faith because, after all, faith without works is dead.

FAITH ON TRIAL — For Wynette, 39, it is an endeavor that essentially had been in the works for some time. Now she’s persuaded the time has come to exercise her faith because, after all, faith without works is dead.

“(I aspire to) help uplift and build others, to create an atmosphere where you can come and be yourself. “(I want to) to help you become comfortable with being who you are, to offer a safe place to show your vulnerabilities, and to do all within my power to help rid you of all of the hurt, pain, resentment, uncertainty, low self-esteem, etc., that holds you back and keeps you from being the person God intended you to be.” — Tonia Wynette 


If anyone can greatly attest to all sorts of spiritual roadblocks, Wynette undoubtedly can. In fact, given the awesome assignment to which she has been introduced, she doesn’t seem to mind sharing before the world her assortment of past hurdles and obstacles, these seemingly discomforting occurrences that have molded and developed and positioned her to possess the best that God had in store from her from the outset.

SHE’S STILL STANDING — It is due in large part to Wynette’s bend-but-don’t-break faith, coupled with her fervent desire to esteem others highly than herself, that she is thoroughly convinced she’s destined to tackle and embrace yet another awe-inspiring venture at this stage in her life.

“Being a person who’s experienced physical, emotional, verbal and financial abuse, a person who was once shunned for being who I truly am — that (actually) was hurt, anger, and resentment fueled me — but after much prayer and support from those closest to me, love, peace, and forgiveness has sustained me,” Wynette said. “I’ve been encouraging and building individuals that I see or feel are in need of it from as early as high school. Professionally, I’m just starting.”

What better time to start than now, especially considering she’s thoroughly convinced that it was God Who was working diligently behind the scenes on her behalf all along?

“This is something God has put on my heart and in my heart, but if I must give credit to any human being, it’d have to be my father, Pastor Tommie L. Watkins,” Wynette said. “He is the most selfless person I know. He’s spent his years, from as early as I remember, leading, helping, encouraging, praying for and building others up.”

Interestingly and to her credit, Wynette seemed destined not only walk in the footsteps of her father but, most importantly, to help advance the kingdom with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“There are people going to their graves everyday with gifts that have yet to be utilized, hearts filled with love that they were too afraid to give,” Wynette said. “There are hurt people, broken people, depressed people, people who can’t and don’t realize their worth simply because of abuse, depression, and low self-esteem. This shouldn’t be.

THE PROVERBS 31 FACTOR — Interestingly and to her credit, Wynette seemed destined not only walk in the footsteps of her father but, most importantly, to help advance the kingdom with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“God has a purpose for your life,” Wynette continued. “Gifts created just for you. I want people to see it. There are no nobodies on this earth. God created everybody to be somebody special. I just want to be one of the tools He uses to get that message across for as far as He allows my voice and physical presence to reach.”

And just like that, she’s effectively embracing the purpose for which God created, effectively embracing a lofty, God-mandated assignment she sensed would ultimately come to fruition at some point in time.

As it turned out, that point in time is now.

For more information about Mid-South-area Life Coach/Motivational Speaker Tonia Wynette, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under Tonia Wynette. Also, send email to: tonia.watkins@ymail.com. Also, connect with via Instagram at: @simplybeautiful38


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Memphian Gregory Lofton pleading with Penny Hardaway to possess copyrights of his music

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES GREGORY LOFTON


As Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway prepares to begin a new era as the new University of Memphis men’s basketball coach this week when the Tigers host a sold out Memphis Madness in FedExForum, one longtime U of M faithful has something intriguing to pass along to the Bluff City hoops legend.

Longtime entertainer Gregory Lofton, a native Memphian, the CEO of Silky International Records and the mastermind behind the hit song, “Tiger Fever,” doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s determined to garner the attention of Hardaway, a former U of M star and four-time NBA All-Star.

“I want it to be known that a song by an unsigned artist and publisher is worth $250,000 per year to sample and with all monies due according to the copyright act under a master licensing agreement that covers The Penny Hardaway Show, Stadium use, performance and broadcast royalties, CD and DVD production, TV, Movies, Film, etc.,” Lofton told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS — Longtime entertainer Gregory Lofton, a native Memphian, the CEO of Silky International Records and the mastermind behind the hit song, “Tiger Fever,” doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s determined to garner the attention of Hardaway, a former U of M star and four-time NBA All-Star.

“The University of Memphis, the Rebounders Club, and Highland Hundred Club know about this project, but I will not give my hard work away for exposure and season tickets,” Lofton continued. “Writing exposure instead of a dollar amount on a check will buy me nothing for my hard work.”

Lofton, meanwhile, was extremely complementary of one Mid-South radio personality, who deemed it essential to applaud his immeasurable body of work as an entertainer.

“My strongest supporter at the time I was trying to promote Tiger Fever was John ‘The Rainman’ Rainey,’ said Lofton, alluding to the sports media personality for WHBQ 56AM’s The Southern Sports Report.  If you want to know how powerful a theme song like ‘Jingle Tiger Fever’ is, talk to him.”

According to Lofton, Rainey had gone as far as to play Tiger Fever during Memphis’ NCAA Final Four run in 2008, a sequence that ended with the Tigers losing to Kansas in overtime, 75-68, in the championship game.

ANSWERING THE CALL? As Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway prepares to begin a new era as the new University of Memphis men’s basketball coach this week when the Tigers host a sold out Memphis Madness in FedExForum, one longtime U of M faithful has something intriguing to pass along to the Bluff City hoops legend. (AP Photo)

“(Rainey) used Tiger Fever to open his show and played several snit bits of it within the first hour of the show,” Lofton said.

Now with the Hardaway coaching era looming, coupled with all of the hoopla surrounding Tiger hoops, Lofton remains hopeful that the former Memphis Treadwell High star will follow Rainey’s lead and tune in to his compelling musical project.

Hardaway, 47, was hired as head coach by his alma mater on March 19, having replaced Tubby Smith, who was fired after two seasons at Memphis.

Lofton was rather forthright in his proposition to Hardaway. 

“I’m willing to transfer the rights over to you, Penny, to own it outright,” Lofton said. “You and I are North Memphis products and I support you. I only met you once when I was with Kevin Morrow.  I will do for you what I would do for the university administrators. You will own everything outright.  The whole collection promotes Memphis and the Tigers. I put my hard earned money and intellectual properties into this project and I deserve financial gratification.”

Besides Rainey, Lofton said that U of M Band Director Albert Nuguen is familiar with his popular hit that is “Tiger Fever.”

All of which is why he has extended a plea to Hardaway to strongly consider listening to what could very well become an enjoyable and fun trend for U of M sports fans.

“I was asking the one-year sampling rate of $250,000 as a buyout price that I knew they were going to try and juggle with price lowering strategies,” Lofton said. “The administration will not deal with me, because of my deep knowledge of the music industry game and knowing my worth when it comes to licensing. They will deal with (Hardaway) if (he) owns the rights in full for (his) program.”

Along with his direct proposition to Hardaway to assume copyrights of his work, Lofton is pleading with the local media to look into his music.

“The Memphis media — even though they never did a story on me — know about my work,” Lofton said.

For more information about Memphis Businessman Gregory Lofton of Silky International Records or to inquire about his music, call 901.474.9209. Also, send email to: gregorylofton@ymail.com


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

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTES MILITARY VETERAN DARRYL CARR 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For years to come, mind you.

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

The rest, as they say, was history.

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

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

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

Ever since he left good ole Gary, Indiana.

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

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

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


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Memphian and Primerica Regional Vice President Shay Bond: ‘I’m in a fight to be the 100th millionaire in the company’

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There is one major reason why Shay Bond is so destined to reach the top.

HOORAY FOR SHAY — Having acknowledged, among other things, that she’s empowered to learn and utilize the concept of leverage to gain residual income as a strategic avenue that will greatly enable her to become successful, Mid-South-area businesswoman Shay Bond, 34, has become a fixture as Regional Vice President for Primerica Financial Services.

“I’m pushing to get to the top because the bottom is too crowded,” Bond, an accomplished Mid-South-area businesswoman, told Making Headline News this week.

Having acknowledged, among other things, that she’s empowered to learn and utilize the concept of leverage to gain residual income as a strategic avenue that will greatly enable her to become successful, Bond, 34, has become a fixture as Regional Vice President for Primerica Financial Services.

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A Duluth, Georgia-based insurance and financial services company that uses a hybrid model of direct selling, franchising and distribution, Primerica was comprised of a reported 116,827 independent representatives in 2016 whereby it conducts business primarily in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, according to spokesperson for the company.

Moreover, this globally-acclaimed business is widely known for its commitment to helping families get out of debt, save money, protect their income and work towards being financially independent.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — A native of Memphis and a 2001 graduate of  the historic Whitehaven High, Bond advanced her education at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she earned a Bachelor of Art in Education and Behavioral Science in 2006. Four years later, she earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Memphis.

“We are the only company that teaches middle income families how to build generational wealth,” said Bond, who became affiliated with Primerica two years ago. “The company has 86 millionaires and over 4,000 people making six figures yearly. I’m in a fight to be the 100th millionaire in the company.”

Given the immeasurable and aggressive strides she has made since joining Primerica, it’s safe to assume that Bond is making a strong case that she’s destined to become one of the company’s big name personalities much sooner than later.

Amongst the notable reasons, Bond said, is that she aspires to garner financial independence after coming to a realization that being an employee or self-employed “was not going to get me there,” she said forthrightly.

A Duluth, Georgia-based insurance and financial services company that uses a hybrid model of direct selling, franchising and distribution, Primerica was comprised of a reported 116,827 independent representatives in 2016 whereby it conducts business primarily in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, according to spokesperson for the company.

“Primerica is teaching me how to build a business within a business, and teaching me financial concepts to teach my family and others to build wealth,” Bond said. “I love educating families, putting together a game plan for them to get on track with them finances, and helping them to create a brighter future for themselves and generations to come after them.”

Interestingly, that Bond is afforded the golden opportunity to pass the knowledge she’s acquired through Primerica to others is, by all accounts, priceless.

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — Given the immeasurable and aggressive strides she has made since joining Primerica, it’s safe to assume that Bond is making a strong case that she’s destined to become one of the company’s big name personalities much sooner than later.

“I also enjoy hiring new agents and teaching how to do what I do for families so that I can have more people in the city helping with the agenda of financial independence,” Bond said.

A native of Memphis and a 2001 graduate of the historic Whitehaven High, Bond advanced her education at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she earned a Bachelor of Art in Education and Behavioral Science in 2006. Four years later, she earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Memphis.

Since joining Primerica, Bond is afforded the luxury of traveling at least twice a month throughout the U.S., during which she is allowed to train agents she hire.

In addition, she frequently hosts financial workshops and seminars, and has become a fixture, particularly at various conventions sanctioned by the company hosts, during which Primerica reps teach its consultants how to help families more efficiently.

“My mission is to teach and educate families about personal finance and put a plan in place suitable for that family to improve their finances which can make family dynamics and relationships stronger,” Bond said.

As she eloquently explained, there are a few vital reasons why she deems it essential to take such an awesome approach as it pertains to possessing financial freedom.

“Due to a lack of a financial education in my childhood and my early adult life, I felt defeated, depressed, and ashamed, because I couldn’t win in life financially, and I don’t want others to feel that pain of dealing with relationship and family challenges due to being uneducated about money,” Bond said. “And by me growing my business, it allows me to serve an entire family, including the children, by being educated financially, to helping their goals and dreams to come true and to maintain strong family relationships.”

In a nutshell, Bond doesn’t shy away from the notion that since joining Primerica, she’s empowered to help rescue families rid themselves of financial adversity.

One family at a time.

“I will become an influence in households across the country through seminars, workshops, webinars, one-on-one consultations and social media outlets,” Bond said.

Surely, it was her children who greatly inspired Bond to move forward with her current business venture. There’s no turning back — no turning back for all the right reasons.

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WELL-ROUNDED BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL — In addition, Bond frequently hosts financial workshops and seminars, and has become a fixture, particularly at various conventions sanctioned by the company hosts, during which Primerica reps teach its consultants how to help families more efficiently.

“I want them to live a different life than I liked financially, so I decided to retire from teaching to work in this company full time and push to get to where I am, which is a Regional Vice President of one of the top Financial Services Firms in North America,” Bond said.

Amongst her primary objectives moving forward: Inspire others to become successful through this globally acclaimed company.

“I have the ability to hire people to work with our company full time and part time,” Bond said. “This is the opportunity that was given to me and I didn’t know it existed. So many people are taught that they only have four options when they complete college, which is go to college, trade school, military, or get a job. No one tells us that we can become an owner of a business.”

All of which practically sums up why she is steadily defying the greatest of odds.

All of which practically sums up why there is one major reason why she is so destined to reach the top.

Given the immeasurable strides she’s made in such a brief timespan, she seems well on her way.

 

For more information about Regional Vice President Shay Bond of Premerica, Inc, connect with her via Facebook under “Shay Boss Bond” or send email to: dellbond901@yahoo.com.

 

 

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Mid-South-area mother/entrepreneur Tasha L. Love bringing about Down syndrome awareness through experiences with her daughter

DUNCANVILLE, TexasJordan Davis has been appropriately described as a number of things.

Because of her mostly witty and carefree social media photos, “Such a diva” ranks near the very top of the list.

Amongst the reasons is that even as a 15-year-old Memphis Kirby High School student who was born with Down syndrome, Davis is a youngster whom, to her credit, embraces and treats life for what it is — a precious, but fragile gift from God Almighty.

“(She) loves listening to Beyoncé and watching (the reality show) Bring It to practice on her majorette moves,” explained Tasha L. Love, Davis’ mother, during a telephone interview from Memphis with Making Headline News on Saturday. “(She’s) also is a huge Tyler Perry fan and can act out every character on each movie. Can’t forget about hanging with her BFF’s (best friends forever).”

It is, by all accounts, because Davis has been a continuous blessing to Love, her family, close acquaintances, and even total strangers that her mother is challenging others to wear blue and yellow attire on Monday, October 30 as a way to bring about her awareness of people who are harboring this genetic condition.  

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. 

SUCH A DIVA — It is, by all accounts, because Jordan “Snuggles” Davis has been a continuous blessing to Mid-South mom and entrepreneur Tasha L. Love, her family, close acquaintances, and even total strangers that her mother is challenging others to wear blue and yellow attire on Monday, October 30 as a way to bring about her awareness of people who are harboring Down syndrome.

According to www.downsyndrome.org, Down syndrome is caused when there is an extra chromosome. People with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes in their cells instead of 46. They have an extra chromosome 21, which is why Down syndrome is also sometimes known as trisomy 21.

Moreover, although medical experts know how Down syndrome occurs, they have yet to know why it happens. Down syndrome, in fact, occurs at conception, in many cases across all ethnic and social groups and to parents of all ages. Interestingly, it is nobody’s fault, there is no cure, nor does it go away.

In addition, Down syndrome is the most common chromosome disorder that we know of.

DID YOU KNOW? According to www.downsyndrome.org, Down syndrome is caused when there is an extra chromosome. People with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes in their cells instead of 46. They have an extra chromosome 21, which is why Down syndrome is also sometimes known as trisomy 21.

According to a report by Down Syndrome Australia, it cited that one out of 700-to-900 babies born worldwide will have Down syndrome, although this number is lower in Australia. Also, People with Down syndrome have some characteristic physical features, as well as health and development challenges and some level of intellectual disability.

Because no two people are alike, each of these things will vary from one person to another, according to a detailed description of the genetic condition at www.downsyndrome.org.au.

As Love specifically acknowledged, she deemed it essential to bring about awareness of Down syndrome, in large part because those with the genetic condition often face being bullied by their peers.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — As Love specifically acknowledged, she deemed it essential to bring about awareness of Down syndrome, in large part because those with the genetic condition often face being bullied by their peers.

“Often, our children are bullied or stared at because they might look a little different,” Love, a Mid-South-area entrepreneur and a native of Mound Bayou, Mississippi, said. “I want to bring Awareness about Down syndrome, but to also let people in just a little bit on our journey. I also want to give that parent hope that just received the diagnosis or that parent that has a sick child.”

All things considered, Love’s journey with Davis — her young diva who is widely known as “Snuggles” — is one that although it has had its share of challenges, she’d be the first to admit that she wouldn’t trade her precious jewel of a daughter for anything in the world.

“I want to let (others) know (I’m aware) of the bad days, but I also enjoy the amazing ones,” Love said.

Having given birth to her daughter when she was 19 years old, Love wasn’t informed of her Davis’ condition until after she was born.

HER PRIDE AND JOY — All things considered, Love’s journey with Davis — her young diva who is widely known as “Snuggles” — is one that though it has had its share of challenges, she’d be the first to admit that she wouldn’t trade her precious jewel of a daughter for anything in the world.

Truth be told, she admittedly was in denial for some time after fielding such shocking news.

Once the shock had been effectively put to rest, that unyielding love and support had ultimately taken over and have been the primary focus for Love and her family since Davis had made her ceremonious arrival to the world.

“I was in denial even after getting the results,” said Love, “because I couldn’t imagine (raising a child with Down syndrome), but with an amazing support system that are my prayer warriors, I’m definitely enjoying this ride.”

Credit her young teenage diva who’s widely known as “Snuggles” for adding to what undoubtedly is a continuous joy ride.

 

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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 covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. 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.

 

Memphis businesswoman Dorcas A. Patton having an immediate impact as a Total Life Changes independent distributor

ISN’T SHE LOVELY? A Mid-South-area businesswoman, Memphian Dorcas A. Patton is an independent distributor for Total Life Changes, a booming, progressive venture that is designed primarily to enable independent business owners and their customers with a diverse set of products that are easy to sell and healthy to share.

MEMPHIS — Approximately an hour before midday on Saturday, Dorcas A. Patton staged on her Facebook timeline a rather spirited, thought-provoking post.

An image that was accompanied by her photo, Patton’s message before her 5,000 social media friends read: Promote yourself until it pays. They’ll either get mad and delete you, or inspired and support you.

Much to her delight, it’s safe to assume that Patton is enjoying the latter portion of such an intriguing analogy.

A Mid-South-area businesswoman, Patton is an independent distributor for Total Life Changes, a booming, progressive venture that is designed primarily to enable independent business owners and their customers with a diverse set of products that are easy to sell and healthy to share.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS — For Patton, a native Memphian, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that Total Life Changes has — for a lack of better words — changed the overall landscape of her life, most notably from a physical and financial standpoint.

Having officially gone into operations in 1999, Total Life Changes, or TLC as it is widely known, now provides thousands of people around the world with the opportunity to build a brighter future, most notably by way of living and savoring a healthy lifestyle, as well as through the financial freedom and flexibility they seek.

According to a spokesperson for TLC, this internationally-acclaimed business has developed a widely described as a “true sense of family” that is shared by its independent business owners, executive staff, and customer service agents. Moreover, this company is credible in that it customarily provides its members with an unlimited opportunity to grow their business, not to mention develop a network of offices located across the world.

For Patton, a native Memphian, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that Total Life Changes has — for a lack of better words — changed the overall landscape of her life, most notably from a physical and financial standpoint.

And never mind that she one of the Mid-South-area’s newest affiliates of TLC, having joined the globally-acclaimed company a little more than four months ago.

“I always knew that I had a special gift when it came to interacting with people,” Patton told Making Headline News this week.

Credit her success as a Corporate America professional for greatly providing her with the mechanics to create solid rapports and connection with people of various walks of life.

“I never knew the dynamic effect that I had until I became a manager and managed others for over six years,” Patton explained. “By being successful in various managerial positions, it gave me the drive to start my own business and become successful.”

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For what it’s worth, it is due in large part to Patton’s immeasurable experience in managerial leadership that has greatly given way to her not eluding business-related competition, but rather thoroughly welcoming it.

“I realized that competition is actually great because it gives you the drive for self-improvement (and causes you to become) smarter with your resources and wiser with your marketing,” Patton said.

For someone who is essentially a newcomer to Total Life Changes, it seems that Patton has quickly emerged as a gifted and resourceful saleswoman, in large part because, well, she seems to be empowered with the gift of customer service.

“Only four months and I’ve made over $1,000,” said Patton, who joined TLC in mid-summer amid the suggestion of her best friend, Letita Alexander.

Interestingly, aside from exemplifying solid professionalism as one of TLC’s newest distributors, Patton acknowledged that more than anything, she’s been blessed to change lives — one life at a time.

“On a daily basis, I have the ability to help change someone else’s life,” Patton, a Memphis Ridgeway High alum, said. “I love to see people feeling good about themselves, and I’ve always enjoyed encouraging others. This business is perfect for my love for people and my outgoing personality.”

A TOTAL LIFE GAME CHANGER –— Interestingly, aside from exemplifying solid professionalism as one of TLC’s newest distributors, Patton acknowledged that more than anything, she’s been blessed to change lives — one life at a time.

Simply put, it starts with steadfastly displaying a heart for people, Patton appropriately hinted.

“You have to have a love for others in this line of work,” said Patton, adding that her healthy products are available for individuals ages five and up.

Now that she has found her niche through TLC, Patton said plans are presently in the works for her to build on her brand.

Her brand as in a thriving, flourishing businesswoman, that is.

“Because people need to be loved and know how important their health is,” said Patton, adding that a tea party she’s hosting is  forthcoming at a date that has yet to be announced. “Sometimes all a person needs is for someone to help them, give them that push to move forward without doubt and fear. Feeling good about who you are is so important and is extremely good for your overall health.”

For more information about Dorcas A. Patton or to order Total Life Changes products, send email to: dorcaspatton@gmail.com or connect with her via social media under “Dorcas A. Patton.”

 

 

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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: 

 

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