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

WRITER’S MARATHON

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

DALLAS — Tammie Polk remembers the conversation.

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


And the rest, as they say, was history.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

“Becoming Mai,” released in 2018

“Warrior Women,” released in 2018

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

“Woman On A Mission,” released in 2018

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

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

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

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

Just to name a few, of course.

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

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

Then again…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She would know.

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


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


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


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


A RISING STAR 

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

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

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

MORE ON TAMIKYO INEZ: tamikyoinez.com

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

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


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


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

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

And the rest, as they say, was history.

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

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

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

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

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

NATIONAL STAR WATCH 

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

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

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

So remember the name.

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


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


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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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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 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

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“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.”

PURCHASE DARRYL CARR’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Pages-Poetic-Path-Self-empowerment/dp/1984534564

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.

MORE ON PRIMERICA, INC: http://www.primerica.com

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.

CONNECT WITH SHAY HERE: www.primerica.com/shaybond

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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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

 

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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.

 

 

Atlanta-area businesswoman Latasha Kirby: ‘I can help change your Chapter 13 to a 700 credit score’

As the old catchphrase goes, “Experience is the best teacher.”

No one, it seems, can attest to this thought-provoking, life-enhancing notion more than accomplished businesswoman Latasha Kirby.

COMEBACK FOR THE AGES — Currently a resident in the Atlanta-area, Latasha Kirby has reemerged as a credit repair specialist who has become passionate about helping others rid themselves of their checkered credit past.

A native of Memphis who is an Atlanta-area entrepreneur, Kirby, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, recalled like yesterday how the restaurant she once owned in the Bluff City was unceremoniously shut down because of its continuous poor revenue.

Kirby, being as transparent and forthright as only she could, admittedly was faced with one disheartening option.

Surely, it wasn’t the one about which she anticipated.

“After opening my first restaurant in the city of Memphis and failing, (shortly) thereafter I filed (Chapter 13) bankruptcy,” Kirby recalled.

Fortunately for Kirby, there ultimately had emerged a silver-lining to an entrepreneurship dream that had suddenly turned into a devastating nightmare.

HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN — “I was so excited, so I started repairing credit for others and adding tradelines to their credit worth,” Kirby explained while displaying her signature smile in the process. “In some cases, their credit scores increased by up to 80 points in 30 days.”

Months removed from having witnessed that sudden, yet untimely closing of her restaurant, Kirby was eventually left to assess the overall landscape of her young life, particularly from a financial standpoint.

As she tells it, in order for her to greatly savor the finer things in life, it was absolutely imperative that in the aftermath of that dreaded bankruptcy filing, she devise a plan to repair her credit.

All things considered, this progressive, assertive businesswoman wasted little time atoning for what had initially become a downtrodden occurrence in her life.

“I took it upon myself to repair my own credit,” Kirby said. “I gathered information from real estate agents, credit repair agencies and Google for help.”

TAKING IT ALL IN STRIDE — Months removed from having witnessed the sudden, yet untimely closing of her restaurant, Kirby was eventually left to assess the overall landscape of her young life, particularly from a financial standpoint.

As it turned out, one favorable thing eventually led to another.

It wasn’t long after Kirby had witnessed the shutdown of her business that she had ultimately became empowered to erase the memory of her unsatisfactory financial history.

Currently a resident of Roswell, Georgia Kirby has reemerged as a credit repair specialist who has become passionate about helping others rid themselves of their checkered credit past.

“I was so excited, so I started repairing credit for others and adding tradelines to their credit worth,” Kirby explained while displaying her signature smile in the process. “In some cases, their credit scores increased by up to 80 points in 30 days.”

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STARING SUCCESS IN THE FACE — All things considered, this progressive, assertive businesswoman wasted little time atoning for what had initially become a downtrodden occurrence in her life. “I took it upon myself to repair my own credit,” Kirby said. “I gathered information from real estate agents, credit repair agencies and Google for help.”

Long before her business-oriented breakthrough came full circle, Kirby, once again, had to clear an assortment of hurdles which, realistically, made going after that which she desired well worth it.

“Honestly, throughout the journey, there were a few bumps in the road, but I was so anxious to be solid credit wise,” Kirby said. “Even though the bankruptcy cleared a lot of my debt, I was happy to send my discharge papers to all 3 bureaus,” Kirby said. “I began rebuilding my credit from there.”

It wasn’t long thereafter that Kirby, a University of Memphis graduate, began to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

For starters, she possessed three unsecured credit cards totaling in excess of $10,000 and paid them off within a span of 12 months.

DREAM CHASER — It wasn’t long thereafter that Kirby, a University of Memphis graduate, began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. For starters, she possessed three unsecured credit cards totaling in excess of $10,000 and paid them off within a span of 12 months.

“This helped (my credit) tremendously,” Kirby recalled.

As if that wasn’t enough to erase the memory of the restaurant shutdown, Kirby managed to purchase a brand new vehicle months later with what she described as an “amazing interest rate.”

Talk about a dramatic, epic financial comeback for the ages.

“I paid the same truck off within a year and my (credit) score just rose higher,” Kirby explained in telling a story that just keeps getting better.

Oh…she’d be remiss if she didn’t share this part of her tear-jerking testimony.

“By the end of the year, I had 8 credit cards totally a credit line of $30,000.”

Yep, as the old catchphrase goes, “Experience is the best teacher.”

No one, it seems, can attest to this thought-provoking, life-enhancing notion more than Kirby.

 

For more information about Atlanta-based businesswoman Latasha Kirby, call 1-877-282-7424 or call 1-877-2TASHA-4, or you can send email to: Ask1tasha@gmail.com. Also, connect with her via social media at:

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