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Long before his personal encounter with Shaq, young Mekhi Welch has become a gifted sports buff

MEKHI’S MAD SKILLZ

HE’S THE TRUTH — For the child who’s widely known as “Mekhi,” a rather distinctly unique thing occurred some three years or so ago, according to his mother, Tawanna Chamberlain. “Mekhi has been a sports buff since the age of three,” Chamberlain told Making Headline News this week. “But when he started to read around five years old, he asked me to read books to him about the history of basketball and great players.”

DALLAS — Mekhi Welch is just eight years old, meaning for a kid his age, one would think he’s essentially in the beginner’s stage with regards to his knowledge about sports.

For the child who’s widely known as “Mekhi,” a rather distinctly unique thing occurred some three years or so ago, according to his mother, Tawanna Chamberlain.
“Mekhi has been a sports buff since the age of three,” Chamberlain, a Clearwater, Florida resident, told Making Headline News this week. “But when he started to read around five years old, he asked me to read books to him about the history of basketball and great players.”
And just like that, a rising young sports historian, of sorts, was born, considering Mekhi’s sports knowledge is such that he could perhaps teach these old vets a thing of two about arguably some of the celebrated athletes of our generation.
Thanks in large part to his mother routinely reading his autobiographies of Lewis Alcindor, Jr, (famously known today as Kareem Abdul-Jabar), Kobe Bryant’s “Mamba Mentality,” “When The Game Was Ours,” featuring Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson’s “Eleven Rings” Sam Smith’s “The Jordan Rules,” Mitch Albom’s “Fab Five,” Dick Devenzo’s “Stuff Good Players Should Know,” LeBron James’ “The Boy Who Became King,” Stephen Curry’s “The Boy Who Never Gave Up,” “Michael Jordan: The Life,” and “Little Shaq” by Shaquille O’neal,” among others, and it’s no wonder little Mekhi boasts lofty aspirations of someday emerging as household name in what has become a multi-million dollar sport industry, particularly for some the world’s most prominent sports journalists.

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GOTTA LOOK AT THIS THIS — “Then it happened,” Chamberlain said. “Three days later, I received a personal video message from Shaq to Mekhi and I almost lost it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a surreal moment in time. I couldn’t wait to show Mekhi that his hero, Shaq, had sent him a personal message. When Mekhi saw the message from Shaq, he was overjoyed. He was smiling from ear-to-ear and he talked about the video message all the way to school that morning.”

“We absolutely love to read in our home,” Chamberlain said son’s newfound gift as a sports enthusiast. “In fact, it’s our favorite pastime. We literally own more books than we can count, and when Mekhi would become disinterested with me reading countless of books to him, he would pick up his iPad and Google interesting basketball stats and facts.”

To his credit, the more he deems it essential to become knowledge about sports opposite those up-to-date scores that customarily scroll across SportCenter’s Bottom Line, the more it seems that Mekhi essentially broadens his journalistic mechanics that figure to set him apart mightily from his peers much more sooner than later.

Never mind that he’s only eight years of age.

“Over the last five years, he has become a real life NBA basketball Wikipedia,” said Chamberlain, trying the best she could to assess her young and gifted son’s amazing gift that centered on big time sports. “You can ask him any question you want to about players from Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem, Magic, Kobe, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Isaiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Tracy McGrady, Charles Barkley, Step Curry, Kevin Durant, Kwahi Leonard, Clay Thompson, Ben Simmons to Zion Williamson.”

Once someone picks Mekhi’s brain about any major professional athlete — past or present — they might as well brace themselves for what essentially will be said next.

“Amazingly, he can recall their height, what cities they were born in, all the teams that each player played on, what year they were recruited and drafted to the NBA, who their rivals were, their current stats, their highest scoring games in a season, the years they were injured, and how the injury impacted their careers,” Chamberlain said. “You should hear him tell the story about Yao Ming.”

And then there is Mekhi’s personal encounter with O’Neal, five-time NBA champion and former LSU All-American.

According to Chamberlain, her son and Shaq established friendship during which an awe-inspiring encounter took place, a development that resulted in her son being the beneficiary.


“Mekhi has always loved Shaq,” Chamberlain said. Since he was five years old, he would tell me that his dream was to play a game of one-on-one with Shaq. To Mekhi, Shaquille O’Neal is larger-than-life. The other day I was in the living room watching something on TV and a commercial for a national pizza chain came on. Just as the commercial came on, Mekhi walked out of his room and was mesmerized by the fact that Shaq was going all around the town delivering pizzas to people.”


Much to his delight, the young sports buff had become even more attentive to the commercial ad featuring his hero.

“Over the last five years, he has become a real life NBA basketball Wikipedia,” said Chamberlain, trying the best she could to assess her young and gifted son’s amazing gift that centered on big time sports. “You can ask him any question you want to about players from Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem, Magic, Kobe, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Isaiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Tracy McGrady, Charles Barkley, Step Curry, Kevin Durant, Kwahi Leonard, Clay Thompson, Ben Simmons to Zion Williamson.”

“Mekhi could not believe his eyes…he thought that was the coolest thing ever,” Chamberlain recalled. “Right after the commercial went off, Mekhi asked me to call or text Shaq and ask him to bring him a (Papa John’s) pepperoni pizza. I just looked at him with a blank stare—I honestly didn’t know what to say to him regarding his request, because I was thinking to myself, “Yeah right. I don’t know Shaq’s telephone number—so I can’t call or text him and ask him to bring a pizza over here.

“Mekhi wholeheartedly believed that I would know how to contact Shaq and he was very persistent, so he went as far as to go pick up my cell phone and he handed it to me and said, ‘Here mom, please go ahead and call or text Shaq.’”

Interestingly, things would eventually become even more interesting for Mehki.

“Mekhi wholeheartedly believed that I would know how to contact Shaq and he was very persistent, so he went as far as to go pick up my cell phone and he handed it to me and said, ‘Here mom, please go ahead and call or text Shaq.’”

“Not wanting to let my child down, I grabbed my phone and sent a ‘Hail Mary’ DM to Shaq on Instagram, because my son was standing right there watching me type the message,” Chamberlain said. “No pressure…and I hit, ‘send,’ never thinking that Shaq would actually see the message or read it.”

Boy, was she wrong — wrong for all the right reasons to put it more precisely.

“A few days passed, but everyday Mekhi would ask me, ‘Did Shaq text you back yet?’” Chamberlain said. “While looking for his pizza, he truly believed his favorite player wouldn’t let him down. So I would just remind Mekhi that Shaq is a very busy man, but told him that perhaps when he isn’t so busy, he would make time to respond to my message.”

Once someone picks Mekhi’s brain about any major professional athlete — past or present — they might as well brace themselves for what essentially will be said next.

Suddenly, the long-awaited and figurative slam dunk for which Mekhi had waited was finally executed.

“Then it happened,” Chamberlain said. “Three days later, I received a personal video message from Shaq to Mekhi and I almost lost it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a surreal moment in time. I couldn’t wait to show Mekhi that his hero, Shaq, had sent him a personal message. When Mekhi saw the message from Shaq, he was overjoyed. He was smiling from ear-to-ear and he talked about the video message all the way to school that morning.

“That same day, I was contacted by the National Pizza Chain via Twitter and they made it possible for Mekhi’s entire class to enjoy a pizza party, which made everyone’s day,” Chamberlain continued. “This is the stuff that dreams are made of.”

Much like the wealth of knowledge Chamberlain’s son has garnered as such a young age.

Stay tuned. This kid seems well on his way to making major moves in the sports world, something that, well, perhaps even Shaq has sensed.


REMEMBER THE NAME 

STAR WATCH — To his credit, the more he deems it essential to become knowledge about sports opposite up-to-date scores that customarily scroll across SportCenter’s Bottom Line, the more it seems that Mekhi essentially broadens his journalistic mechanics that figure to set him apart mightily from his peers much more sooner than later.

“It was so very thoughtful of Shaquille O’Neal to take a few moments out of his busy schedule to send Mekhi a message,” Chamberlain said. “It meant the world to him and it is something that he will never forget.”

With all of the sports knowledge he’s acquired in recent years, how could he?


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

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

Delaware fashion designer Charlotte Robinson creating a renewed sense of confidence for plus size women nationwide

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of two Making Headline News in-depth news feature stories on Newark, Delaware Businesswoman Charlotte Robinson. 

 

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 NIV)

 

For a thriving, flourishing entrepreneur, Charlotte Robinson takes great delight in achieving her customer services goals and objectives.

THING OF BEAUTY — Commonly known as “Char” amongst those whom are closely connected to her, Charlotte Robinson’s Newark, Delaware-based A Design by Diva is a credible and full fledge fashion design company, whereby she customarily assembles rhinestone and screen print designed tees (T-shirts) as well as affordable clothing for plus size women.

For her valiant efforts and contributions, God routinely gives her the desires of heart in the process.

“I get a joy out of seeing my customers debut their articles of clothing,” Robinson, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said of her featured business venture as owner and CEO of A Design by Diva.

Commonly known as “Char” amongst those whom are closely connected to her, Robinson’s Newark, Delaware-based A Design by Diva is a credible and full fledge fashion design company, whereby she customarily assembles rhinestone and screen print designed tees (T-shirts), as well as affordable clothing for plus size women.

“Many of the tees are custom (made) and come from the ideas of my customers,” Robinson, 49, said. “I also like having the capability to design clothing that is flattering to plus size women with class.”

An award-winning entrepreneur whose business venture went into full operations some six years ago, Robinson has enjoyed sustained success while functioning in her immeasurable element, considering her gifts and talents have given way to her promoting her business in a variety of places around the country, most notably Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, her home state of Delaware, Washington, D.C, Virginia, Florida, and Texas, among other establishments.

MORE ON A DESIGN BY DIVA: http://www.adesignbydiva.com

Interestingly and to her distinctly unique credit, Robinson witnessed her venture soar to immense heights just last year when she was christened the winner in Tampa, Florida-area businesswoman Kia A. Wells’ inaugural Women of Business Showcase that took place in Clearwater, Florida.

Robinson will be on hand for this year’s showcase that is scheduled for July 21, during which she will crown a winner for 2018.

Also, she announced that she will be competing in Sixth Annual Face of Kurvacious Model Competition in New York on August 25, during which the Camden, New Jersey native plans to showcase and unveil several of her newly-established custom designs — which, fortunately for her, will earn mentions in the August/September of Enovi Magazine (https://www.enovimagazine.com/).

As for the continuous strides she’s made through A Design by Diva, Robinson emphasized that her business has enjoyed sustained a considerable amount of success, in large part because she believes that women should be able to dress, look and, as she plainly puts it, “act sexy,” regardless of their size.

DESTINY STEPS ACCOMPANIED BY BEAUTY — Today, unlike never before, this vibrant and enthusiastically gifted businesswoman is steadily basking in the glory of her uniquely brilliant element — plus size beauty and all.

“I plan to help accent the features that you have with the look that you love,” said Robinson, a plus size woman of tremendous beauty and, most importantly, pure poise and confidence, not to mention a woman who was blessed to have conquered cancer head on. “I was inspired by my dad and mom (to delve off into entrepreneurship). My father always wanted to own his own company and, growing up, we had many talks about me owning mine at that time I had no idea what it would be. My mom has always been the creative one and, through watching her creating flower arrangements and other projects, my creative side flourished.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

Today, unlike never before, this vibrant and enthusiastically gifted businesswoman is steadily basking in the glory of her uniquely brilliant element — plus size beauty and all.

“My business started out as a hobby, which turned into A Design by Diva,” Robinson said. “I never realized the joy I would get when I would see individuals wearing my designs.”

Which, to Robinson’s credit, practically sums up why for a thriving, flourishing entrepreneur, she takes great delight in achieving her customer services goals and objectives.

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ISN’T SHE LOVELY? As for the continuous strides she’s made through A Design by Diva, Robinson emphasized that her business has enjoyed sustained success, in large part because she believe that women should be able to dress, look and, as she plainly puts it, “act sexy,” regardless of their size.

One customer at a time.

“It’s imperative that I esteem and inspire other daily, because I want women and children to know that regardless of how your story starts, you determine the path,” Robinson said. “I was a single parent, survived domestic violence and cancer, but never lost sight of what I wanted or where I’m headed.”

For her valiant efforts and contributions, God routinely gives her the desires of heart in the process.

For more information about Newark, Delaware-based Businesswoman Charlotte (Char) Robinson or inquire about ordering her custom made products, call 202.491.1327 or 302-286-7301. Also, send email to: adesignbydiva@gmail.com, and connect with her via Instagram @design.by.diva and @adesignbydiva and on Twitter @adesignbydiva.

 

 

 

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

Andre Johnson is 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.

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Toronto, Ontario-based author Efia Leatham enlightening and changing a generation through her inspiring book

 

ISN’T SHE LOVELY? Toronto, Ontario-based author Efia Leatham’s The Daily Word: Frame Your Day for Victory In 60 Seconds, by all accounts, is a written document that will greatly help readers focus — and refocus — their thoughts to position their day and ultimately reap positive and successful results.

Just after sunrise Saturday morning, as always, Efia Leatham took to her Facebook page and offered some life-enhancing, thought-provoking, spiritually gut-checking words of encouragement.

In addressing the masses, Leatham wrote: “Good morning! Today as you go forward in victory, it is time to open your ears and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying. It is one thing to hear what is being said, but it is another thing to listen. God wants you to actively tune your ears to His frequency and turn off the sounds of the world around you. It is in hearing that you shall live….”

BETTA GET IT — A 376-page book that was officially released on May 26, 2016, The Daily Word, according to a description at Amazon.com, is widely viewed as a tool and resource, of sorts, to encourage, inspire, and share real love as Leatham’s reading audience seek answers to address thoughts pertaining to being loved, all while recognizing and connecting with their purpose.

Ironically and to her distinct and immeasurable credit, that she routinely shifts her ears to God’s Voice and deems it essential daily to seek Him for direction and purpose are amongst the reasons Leatham is savoring yet another monumental milestone, all while simultaneously living the abundant life Christ came to give us.

BEACON OF LIGHT — The Daily Word, by all accounts, is a written document that will greatly help readers focus — and refocus — their thoughts to position their day and ultimately reap positive and successful results.

“The vision was given last year January, but it had been in the works brewing for four years,” Leatham told Making Headline News this week.

The vision to which Leatham, a Toronto, Ontario native, is alluding is her much-anticipated, awe-inspiring book entitled, The Daily Word: Frame Your Day for Victory In 60 Seconds.

ALL IN GOD’S TIMING — In further detailing the purpose and mission for her book, Leatham emphasized that her desire to finally assemble it was simple: because God said it was time.

A 376-page book that was officially released on May 26, 2016, The Daily Word, according to an eloquent description at Amazon.com, is widely viewed as a tool and resource, of sorts, to encourage, inspire, and share real love as Leatham’s reading audience strategically seek answers to address thoughts pertaining to being loved, all while recognizing and connecting with their purpose.

BUY EFIA’S BOOK NOW: https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Word-Frame-Victory-Seconds/dp/0995186804.

WALKING IN VICTORYBy and large, people who routinely seek, pray to and cry out to God must first know what it means to walk in victory and, most importantly, do it with the right motives, something by which Leatham’s book teaches. In a nutshell, the time has come that we grasp that vital notion that victory begins in the mind.

In essence, The Daily Word is a spiritually-empowered beacon of light in a variety of aspects in that it greatly helps readers observe life through God’s lenses of love so that they, in turn, can command — and possess — their daily victories.

Wait, people of God.

There’s more to this tear-jerking, captivating book that figures to not only lift up Christ but, most of all, inspire people to draw closer to Him.

The Daily Word, by all accounts, is a written document that will greatly help readers focus — and refocus — their thoughts to position their day and ultimately reap positive and successful results.

ARMED WITH WEALTH OF GODLY BEAUTY — Ironically and to her distinct and immeasurable credit, that she routinely shifts her ears to God’s frequency and deems it essential daily to seek Him for direction and purpose are amongst the reasons Leatham is savoring yet another monumental milestone while simultaneously living the abundant life Christ came to give us.

“It’s important how you start your day and with what thoughts you leave your house with,” Leatham wrote in her Amazon description of her book. “Your thoughts will determine your attitude and your attitude will determine how you walk out your day. With rightly positioning your thoughts, you will be able to have good days, everyday regardless of what comes at you, because you are focused and destined to win in all things.”

In further detailing the purpose and mission for her book, Leatham emphasized that her desire to finally assemble it was simple: because God said it was time that her voice be heard not just north of the border, but around the world — so that men would see her good works and glorify Him, if you will.

Now, in less than one year since its much-anticipated inception, Leatham — all because she steadfastly obeyed the voice of God — is enlightening and reminding the universe on the importance of winning everyday regardless of their present situation and circumstances.

“It all starts in the mind, and with the right mindset, you can achieve victory,” said Leatham, whose desire to compose her book was fueled after attending her Uncle Cliff’s funeral in September of 2012 . “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he. In this particular time and season of life, with people looking for answers and seeking truth, The Daily Word provides the reader clear and articulate positive reinforcement, helping one to better frame their thoughts in a constructive way that will remind them of God and how He can give them strength to make the best of each and every day.”

By and large, people who routinely seek, pray to and cry out to God must first know what it means to walk in victory and, most importantly, do it with the right motives, something by which Leatham’s book teaches.

In a nutshell, the time has come that we grasp the life-changing, wholesome, vital notion that victory begins in the mind.

“The book provides real tips through challenging the thinking and that one can use right now to start walking in a victorious mindset,” Leatham, who currently resides in Toronto, said. “Experiencing God’s love for you as you get your day started or whenever you read it is where it all begins, and I want everyone to experience God’s love in its fullness.”

REMEMBERING CLIFF — Leatham’s esire to compose her book was fueled after attending her Uncle Cliff’s funeral in September of 2012.

Just as she had earnestly desired in a Facebook post shortly after sunrise Saturday.

“It started as text messages and Facebook posts for friends and family and from there was sent around the world by the recipients of the message,” said Leatham, explaining other factors that led to her producing her book. “And not a day has ever been missed since then. After spending time in prayer and fellowship each morning with the Lord, He gives me a word to share with His people.

“I know this is all Him, because if it was me, I would have been tapped out of things to say to build, strengthen and encourage others probably after 30-to-60 days,” Leatham continued. “But I am now about to hit five years this year. God is ever so good.”

All the time.

And all the time, God is ever so good.

 

For more information about Efia Leatham’s, The Daily Word: Frame Your Day for Victory In 60 Seconds, follow Efia on Facebook under Efia Leatham. Also, send email to: ejleatham@gmail.com

 

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

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