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Lewisville High football standout Tahj Martin: ‘It is a dream for me to play college football’

LEWISVILLE, Texas — Tahj Martin is just a tender 15-year-old student athlete.

A great, big gigantic one, that is.

Consider, for instance, Martin’s massive frame that is comprised of his standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 261 pounds which, to his credit, is practically equivalent of an NFL lineup.


FRESHMAN SENSATION

UNDER THE RADAR — Assuming roles on both sides of the ball as a left tackle and defensive end for Lewisville coach Michael Odle’s squad, Tahj Martin enjoyed a significant amount of action this past season for the Farmers as his stock amongst college scouts and recruiters increased mightily in the process.

Speaking of the NFL, Martin doesn’t shy away from the notion that playing football on Sundays undoubtedly is amongst his major long-term ambitions.

But first thing’s first: blossoming as a rising prep footballer.

“I am a hard working athlete, who has come from very humble surroundings,” Martin told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “I am a magnet and people gravitate to me, because of my winning personality and attitude.”

A triumphant mentality certainly highlights Martin’s assortment of key attributes as a true freshman for Lewisville (Texas) High’s football team.

 

STOCK IS RISING — With so much high school football ahead of him, Martin has already garnered interests from Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.

Martin, in fact, is coming off of a productive and breakthrough season for an upstart Lewisville team that finished the 2018 campaign with a 9-3 mark, including an impressive 6-1 record in 6A Region I District 6, second only to conference rival Flower Mound.

Assuming roles on both sides of the ball as a left tackle and defensive end for coach Michael Odle’s squad, Martin enjoyed a significant amount of action for the Farmers as his stock amongst college scouts and recruiters increased mightily in the process.

No one, it seems, can attest to his notion more than his father, Geoffrey Grant Martin, who’s thoroughly convinced that his son is making a strong case that his prep football career will culminate with him signing a National Letter of Intent.

TEXAS-SIZED IMPACT — Martin is coming off of a productive and breakthrough season for an upstart Lewisville team that finished the 2018 campaign with a 9-3 mark, including an impressive 6-1 record in 6A Region I District 6, second only to conference rival Flower Mound.

“Tahj has grown tremendously both on the field and off,” Geoffrey Grant said. “He’s gained a level of confidence and passion for not only his role on the team, but for the entire team itself, all while maintaining his grades academically.”

All things considered, Martin’s favorable display as a true freshmen for the Farmers has, in fact, given way to a few college scouts deeming it essential to thrust him under their radar.

With so much high school football ahead of him, Martin has already garnered interests from Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — Martin’s massive frame that is comprised of his standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 261 pounds which, to his credit, is practically equivalent of an NFL lineup.

Given the immeasurable impact he’s had thus far in his prep career, expect that list to expand much sooner than later.

“It is a dream for me (to play college football), because I am made and built for the sport of football,” Martin said. “I know that all the years I have been playing will pay off and a college scholarship would be the ultimate satisfaction of all.”

Although he did not attend any camps this past summer because of unforeseen circumstances, Martin was especially active, particularly as it relates to conditioning regularly and monitoring his weight.

“(I would typically workout) Monday and Wednesday mornings and in the afternoons, (and would take part in) cardio training on Saturdays and Sundays,” Martin said. “I also work on healthy eating habits that include making smoothies and protein snacks to build a strong muscle mass.”

DON’T LEAVE ME HANGING — A triumphant mentality certainly highlights Martin’s assortment of key attributes as a true freshman for Lewisville High’s football team.

Despite his overall body of work on and off the field, coupled with the impressive resume he’s established to this point, Martin also doesn’t shy away from the notion that no one has to persuade him not to hit the cruise control button at this point.

Not with so much prep football ahead of him.


“I performed exceptionally well (during the 2018 season), but I still have more work to do. I’ve got to work more on dropping into coverage. I have to work on that. My speed needs to improve, but with growth, I know I will get faster.” — Lewisville freshman Tahj Martin


WAITING HIS TURN — All things considered, Martin’s favorable display a true underclassmen for the Farmers has, in fact, given way to a few college scouts deeming it essential to thrust him under their radar.

A pretty wise and thorough assessment, this coming from a tender 15-year-old student athlete.

A great, big gigantic one, that is.

One whose short list of interested colleges undoubtedly is expected to expand much sooner than later.

So stay tuned.


For more information about Lewisville (Texas) High School football standout Tahj Gabriel Martin, connect with him via social media at:

Instagram: @tahjmartin12

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tahj.martin.1

Twitter: @martin2Tahj


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Dallas/Fort Worth businesswoman Thenetia Wallace’s Healthy Weight Loss Coffee venture enjoying sustained success

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33 KJV)


DALLAS — The very moment that Thenetia Wallace put God first, all of the other things were added.

Good things, that is.

Consider, for instance, how Wallace, a young, thriving, progressive Texas businesswoman, has working diligently to move up the ranks of entrepreneurship in recent years.

TEXAS-SIZED IMPACT — A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Dallas/Fort Worth-area businesswoman Thenetia Wallace has become a fixture as saleswoman in the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee venture, whereby she’s responsible for changing lives by sharing the company’s feature product — which is the healthy weight loss coffee — as well as other products, many of which help people rid themselves of their medications.

All butterflies and nervousness aside, the very moment Wallace had deemed it essential to put God first in her lofty endeavors, an assortment of things began to work out in her favor.

“I was shy and didn’t have any confidence in myself,” Wallace, during a weekend interview with Making Headline News, said, explaining in great detail the memorable events that gave way to her delving off into entrepreneurship. “But when I start stepping out on faith and surrounding myself with people who are positive and putting God first, then (I discovered that) anything is possible.”

She got that right. And to her distinctly unique credit, Wallace as gone to great lengths to not just put God first, but she’s steadfastly stayed true to herself, particularly as young businesswoman who boast lofty aspirations of functioning mightily in her element in the process.

GOTTA TRY THIS STUFF — Interesting, the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee has proven to be extremely efficient and therapeutic in that is has been known to help parents with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD and other challenges, Wallace said.

A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Wallace has become a fixture as saleswoman in the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee venture, whereby she’s responsible for changing lives by sharing the company’s feature product — which is the healthy weight loss coffee — as well as other products, many of which help people rid themselves of their medications.

Interesting, the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee has proven to be extremely efficient and therapeutic in that is has been known to help parents with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD and other challenges, Wallace said.

“My target audience are adults and children, or people who need to lose weight, looking to get healthy, children with ADHD and ADD, arthritis, inflammation, gout, diabetics, pre-diabetics, and cholesterol issues…not making any medical claims however our products have assist people with these conditions,” Wallace said. “We work as a team, and I get to help others achieve their weight loss goals and their financial goals.”

A 2005 graduate from Sunrise Christian Academy who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Management form Wichita State University, Wallace has made tremendous strides since joining the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee’s internationally-acclaimed team.

SHOCKING THE WORLD — A 2005 graduate from Sunrise Christian Academy who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Management form Wichita State University, Wallace has made tremendous strides since joining the Healthy Weight Loss Coffee’s internationally-acclaimed team.

“The company is seven years old,” said Wallace, who is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. “However, I’ve (promoted my products in) Dallas, Houston, and Wichita, and looking to open the markets across the United States.”

Much to her delight, Wallace has a host of business-minded individuals to thank for helping her to achieve her entrepreneurship success.

“My best friend, Chase West, who inspires me and encourages me,” Wallace said. “(Also) Tom Bowman, Amy Laffite, Denae Chandler and the whole Dallas/Ft. Worth team has helped me reach my goals in this industry. It has been a journey in the direct sells business like I mentioned.”

Given the continuous strides she made, it’s safe to assume that Wallace has found her niche in her selected venture.


CONNECT WITH THENETIA WALLACE TO PURCHASE HER PRODUCTS: https://www.facebook.com/thenetia.wallace

SOLID SUPPORTING CAST — Much to her delight, Wallace has a host of business-minded individuals to thank for helping her to achieve her entrepreneurship success.

 “This is my tenth direct sells company, which I made no money and didn’t receive support from the other companies I was with,” said Wallace, who joined Healthy Weight Loss Coffee in June 2018. “I think people need that reminder that they can always accomplish their goals by putting God first and taken action.”

Because after all, the very moment Wallace put God first, all of the other things were added.

Good things, that is.

“It’s important for me to inspire others, because people always need some form of encouragement,” Wallace said. “I think people need that reminder that they can always accomplish their goals by putting God first and taken action.”

Just like she did.


For more information Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Thenetia Wallace, or to inquire about Healthy Weight Loss connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/thenetia.wallace. Also, send email to: thenetiawallace@gmail.com.

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Dallas actress Ash’Lee Priscilla making a name for herself in a career that spans two decades

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


DALLAS — Ash’Lee Priscilla doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s diligently working her way toward ensuring that two of her major ambitions come to fruition.

“My ultimate goal is to win an Oscar an open a fine arts college,” Ash’Lee Priscilla told Making Headline News this week.

REMEMBER THE NAME — Much to her delight, she’s not only appropriately discovered her passion and purpose in her selected industry but, because she’s in the prime of her career, it’s safe to assume that Dallas’ Ash’Lee Priscilla’s best and brightest days as an actress are well ahead of her.

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Ash’Lee Priscilla is destined to make such monumental dreams realities, look no further than the continuous progress and strides she’s made since delving off into the ever-so-competitive industry as an actress.

For starters, the 27-year-old Ash’Lee Priscilla will take yet another step toward making her presence felt in her element when she stars in a couple of compelling upcoming shows, most notably the Burning Flame on November 25 at the Plaza Arts Center (located at 1115 Fourth Avenue in nearby Carrollton, Texas), a play that’s written by Corta Ish and directed by Jennifer Sands.

A STAR IS BORN — A graduate of Grambling State University, Ash’Lee Priscilla will star in a couple of compelling upcoming shows, most notably the Burning Flame on November 25 at the Plaza Arts Center (located at 1115 Fourth Avenue in nearby Carrollton, Texas), a play that’s written by Corta Ish and directed by Jennifer Sands.

Not to be outdone, Ash’Lee Priscilla will star as the character Zori in the informative, drama-filled play entitled, Why Women Trip, which will take place December 8, at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, located at 650 South Griffin Street in Dallas.

All things considered and to her credit, these forthcoming shows essentially are favorable steps for this young actress, whose career undoubtedly is headed in the right direction.

“I have been acting since I was six years old,” Ash’Lee Priscilla, a native of Dallas, said.

Much to her delight, she’s not only appropriately discovered her passion and purpose in her selected industry, but because she’s in the prime of her career, it’s safe to assume that Ash’Lee Priscilla’s best and brightest days as an actress are well ahead of her.

PUTTING IN WORK — An acting tenure that spans more than two decades, Ash’Lee Priscilla’s skills were initially discovered when began acting and competing in a local theater, she recalls.

So remember the name — Ash’Lee Priscilla.

An acting tenure that spans more than two decades, Ash’Lee Priscilla’s skills were initially discovered when began acting and competing in a local theater, she recalls.

“My mother would register me in oratorical contest at my church and school,” said Ash’Lee Priscilla, a 2009 graduate of Dallas’ Booker T. Washington High School for The Performing and Visual Arts. “Every time I competed I won. That’s when I realized I had a gift.”

Fortunately for this young, vibrant actress – who’s armed with a wealth of talent and beauty — her gift has, by all accounts, made room for her.

So much, in fact, that she’s diligently working her way toward ensuring that two of her major ambitions come to fruition.

DREAM CHASING — To grasp a thorough understanding of why Ash’Lee Priscilla is destined to make such monumental dreams realities, look no further than the continuous progress and strides she’s made since delving off into the ever-so-competitive industry as an actress.

So remember the name — Ash’Lee Priscilla.


“The acting industry is a very competitive industry, so competing in competitions while I was younger prepared me for rejection and success. I don’t believe in giving up on your dreams, so determination has propelled me to pursue a career in acting.” — Ash’Lee Priscilla


A career that has existed for some two decades and counting.

So far, so good for this proud Grambling State University alum, who’s going to great lengths to ensure that she remains relevant in an industry whereby it seems the competition grows stiffer by the day.

For what it’s worth, Ash’Lee Priscilla seems to be handing the competitive side of acting rather masterfully, in large part because of her solid competitive nature, coupled with her bend-but-don’t-break faith.

DESTINY STEPS — For what it’s worth, Ash’Lee Priscilla seems to be handing the competitive side of acting rather masterfully, in large part because of her solid competitive nature, coupled with her bend-but-don’t-break faith.

“What I like the most about being an actress is the power to minister to other people through entertainment,” said Ash’Lee Priscilla, whose immeasurable talents have been put on display in such places as Louisiana, Georgia, California, North Carolina, and New York, among other establishments. “Acting is ministry as well as therapy, because I can escape from my own issues in life and portray someone else’s life or story.

“I truly believe I was born with the ability to change people live through entertainment.”

Just like those actresses and actors to whom she looks up, most notably Cicely Tyson, Angela Basset, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Ntzoke Shange, Denzel Washington, and Will Smith, among others.

“My mission is to be an inspiration to many people throughout my whole life,” said Ash’Lee Priscilla, adding that mother, Teresa Lackey, and a host of theater instructors have played major roles in her acting career. “I was created to educate the world…you can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you.”

That, after all, goes to show that we had better remember the name — Ash’Lee Priscilla.

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth actress Ash’Lee Priscilla, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ashlee.smallwood. Also, send email to: ashleesmallwood@yahoo.com.


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

 

Dallas/Fort Worth entrepreneur Marquist Johnson’s food service venture enjoying sustained success

DALLAS — Marquist Johnson is an opportunist.

A pretty darn good one, in fact.

SEASON OF HARVEST — A native of Dallas whose primary job is an Escalation Rep for Ambit Energy, Marquist Johnson’s business food service business is in its infancy stages.

Consider, for instance, how just recently, Johnson — a Dallas/Fort Worth-area businessman who has become a fixture in the food catering service industry — had suddenly witnessed his entrepreneurship skills be put to test during a customary barbershop appointment.

“I went to the barbershop today to get my haircut, and before I left, four orders were placed,” Johnson wrote in a midday Facebook post last week. “Thanks everyone, for the business.”

For Johnson, 37, that his business venture is steadily enjoying a favorable presence throughout Dallas’ spacious Metroplex has benefited him mightily, a trend he aspires to enhance much sooner than later.

A native of Dallas whose primary job is an Escalation Rep for Ambit Energy, Johnson’s business food service business is in its infancy stages.

Given the tireless support he’s garnered since he delved off into entrepreneurship, it’s safe to assume the sky’s undoubtedly the limit for this young, vibrant businessman whom, to his distinctly unique credit, is fulfilling his long-awaited dream.

HIT HIM UP, Y’ALL — Regardless of the occasion, Johnson’s business is designed to accommodate anyone, any business, or any company with a wide range of delectable foods and desserts, especially with the annual holiday season approaching.

“I’ve always thought of ways to make extra money on the side,” Johnson told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “I feel this business venture was the best idea since it came so natural, and it’s not a hard sell to the public.”

A 2000 graduate of Wilmer–Hutchins High School, Johnson said what he loves  mostly about his business is that he’s afforded the luxury of being his own boss.

Add to the notion that his wife, Crystal, has exhibited unyielding support to his newly-established endeavor, and it’s no wonder Johnson seems on the road to savoring sustained success.

“My late grandmother helped spark my interest in cooking,” said Johnson, paying homage to those who fueled his interest to become engaged in the ever-so-competitive food service industry. “She’d always have me helping her in the kitchen for the holidays. We would also watch cooking shows together on Saturdays.  My wife also gave me the push to start this business up.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

To his credit and much to his delight, one would be hard-pressed to realize that Johnson’s food service business is in its infancy stages.

Regardless of the occasion, Johnson’s business is designed to accommodate anyone, any business, or any company with a wide range of delectable foods and desserts, especially with the annual holiday season approaching.

So hit him up.

LEADING THE CHARGE — A 2000 graduate of Wilmer–Hutchins High School, Johnson said what he loves  mostly about his business is that he’s afforded the luxury of being his own boss.

“I’d like to use this business as a way to meet new people and inspire others to be self-driven,” Johnson said.

Fortunately for him, it seems that people are already inspired, given what unfolded recently during a regular barbershop appointment.

That, to his credit, is a sign of things to come.

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businessman Marquist Johnson, connect with him via Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/marquist.johnson.7. Also, send email to: quise713@gmail.com.


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

 

 

Texas author ‘Jenni A’s new book is a vital reminder that ‘Women Are Not Always Right’

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES AUTHOR JENNI ARCENEAUX


DALLAS — Just recently, Janice Arceneaux wasted little time sending some well-deserve shout outs to those who have played immeasurable roles in her rise in the ever-so-competitive world of authorship.

Said Arceneaux, uttering the names of her friends and loved ones as if she’s handing out diplomas:

“There are several people,” Arceneaux told Making Headline News this week. “My husband and my besties (best friends), Denni Turner, Sherry James, Beaunca Franklin, and Yolanda Sylvester. I love you all.”

KEEPING IT 100 — Accompanied by the pen name of Jenni A, Houston’s Janice Arceneaux is the mastermind behind the newly-released entitled, “Women Are Not Always Right,” an awe-inspiring written document that made its official presence on the market on October 4.

Oh…especially her beloved companion, whom Arceneaux has customarily dubbed her “biggest fan.”

“Babe, you are my biggest fan,” Arceneaux said.

Accompanied by the pen name of Jenni A, Arceneaux is the mastermind behind the newly-released entitled, “Women Are Not Always Right,” an awe-inspiring written document that made its official presence on the market on October 4.

BUY JENNI A’s BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/WOMEN-ARE-NOT-ALWAYS-RIGHT-ebook/dp/B07J27DG12

A native of Houston, Jenni A’s “Women Are Not Always Right,” addresses a number of notable topics and issues, most notably how women think they are always right when, truth be told, “they are not,” said a spokesperson for Arceneaux’s new book in a detailed breakdown at Amazon.com.

Nearly one month removed from having witnessed her book’s much-anticipated released, Jenni A’s newly-produced project is comprised of 14 pages in length and is available for purchase through e-book and at Amazon.com.

A native of Houston, Jenni A’s “Women Are Not Always Right,” addresses a number of notable topics and issues, most notably how women think they are always right when, truth be told, “they are not,” said a spokesperson for Arceneaux’s new book in a detailed breakdown at Amazon.com.

CHECK YA SELF — While such an intriguing, yet spiritually gut-checking book is seemingly a monumental risk for this new author, one thing’s for certain about Jenni A: She’s all for taking risks, especially given her thought-provoking assessments in her newly-assembled book.

By and large, Jenni A doesn’t shy away from the notion that what it all boils down to is women pausing every now and then and taking a much-needed self-assessment, particularly as it pertains to their relationship with their male counterpart.

Talk about keeping it 100 for all the right and essential reasons.

“They never want to take a look at themselves,” Jenni A is swift to acknowledge, offering some seemingly constructive criticism to the ladies. “They immediately want to point fingers at everyone but themselves, and it’s not right and you know it.”


BUY JENNI A’s BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/WOMEN-ARE-NOT-ALWAYS-RIGHT-ebook/dp/B07J27DG12

SHORT BUT TO THE POINT — Nearly one month removed from having witnessed her book’s much-anticipated released, Jenni A’s newly-produced project is comprised of 14 pages in length and is available for purchase at Amazon.com.

While such an intriguing, yet spiritually gut-checking book is seemingly a monumental risk for this new author, one thing’s for certain about Jenni A: She’s all for taking risks, especially given her thought-provoking assessments in her newly-assembled book.

So buy it now. While supplies last, of course.

HERE’S THE DEAL — By and large, Jenni A doesn’t shy away from the notion that what it all boils down to is women pausing every now and then and taking a much-needed self-assessment, particularly as it pertains to their relationship with their male counterpart.

“My mission is to reach the world and all ethnic and gender groups,” Jenni A emphasized. “I want to inspire women to take a personal inventory (of their lives), to encourage growth.”

Yep. She’s undoubtedly keeping it real, keeping it 100 for all the right and essential reasons.


For more information about Houston-based Author Janice Arceneaux — prominently known as “Jenni A” — or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: Janice Arceneaux. Also, send email to: janice.arceneaux@yahoo.com.


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Hurricane Ike gives way to Texas entrepreneur Dr. Shantuan Coleman Taylor organizing Home Staging Lens

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES DR. SHANTUAN COLEMAN 


DALLAS — For Dr. Shantuan Coleman Taylor, September 13, 2008 was the day that changed her life.

For practically the rest of her life.

“I lived near where it hit landed,” Dr. Taylor recalled.

That about which she’s alluding is Hurricane Ike, a powerful tropical cyclone that swept through portions of the Greater Antilles and Northern America, wreaking havoc on infrastructure and agriculture, most notably in Cuba and Texas.

Having resided approximately 40 miles from the shore in Houston, Dr. Taylor’s home was inundated with four feet of water.

A TRUE TREND SETTER — Amongst the reasons Dr. Shantuan Taylor was fortunate to recover from the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Ike is due in large to her bend-but-don’t-break faith, which had ultimately given way to her organizing Home Staging Lens.

“I evacuated prior to the flooding of my home, but upon her return I was devastated by what I saw,” Dr. Taylor told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “The house was flooded. I had holes in the roof, broken windows, and the smell of a destructive storm throughout my house.”

Still, despite a natural disaster that strengthened to a peak intensity as a Category 4 and claimed at least 195 lives, Dr. Taylor somehow managed to discover a silver lining in the wake of a such a life changing occurrence.

“I was blessed. Many others were not,” Dr. Taylor explained. “The (home) had flood insurance. In order to put my house back together, I redesigned the floor plan, totally remodeling the structure and rebuilt it and fell back in love with my house. It was much better than when I originally built it.”


MORE ON HOME STAGING LENS: http://www.homestaginglens.com/

Amongst the reasons Dr. Taylor was fortunate to recover from the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Ike is due in large to her bend-but-don’t-break faith, which had ultimately given way to her organizing Home Staging Lens.

A progressive, resourceful business she started while collaborating with Kevin Peterson of Zilla Builders, LLC, these entrepreneurs had eventually incorporated Dr. Taylor’s lofty ideas, thus bringing her vision to life.

The rest, as they say, was history.

Having made landfall on September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike was a powerful tropical cyclone that swept through portions of the Greater Antilles and Northern America, wreaking havoc on infrastructure and agriculture, most notably in Cuba and Texas.

“Zilla Builders liked her work so much, they subcontracted the design work to her and used her home as a model to woo other potential customers,” said a spokesperson for Home Staging Lens in a detailed synopsis of this venture at http://www.homestaginglens.com. “This partnership was very lucrative.”

Since the startup of Home Staging Lens, Dr. Taylor has enjoyed an array of sustained success.

This, much to her delight, is indicative of how God could miraculously turn tragedies into much-anticipated triumphs.

BUT GOD — Still, despite a natural disaster that strengthened to a peak intensity as a Category 4 and claimed at least 195 lives, Dr. Taylor somehow managed to discover a silver lining to such a life changing occurrence.

“I turned a bedroom into a walk-in luxury closet with pedestal dresser, shelving for shoes, boots, belts, jewelry, display cabinets, and garment casings,” said Dr. Taylor, recalling some of her grandest highlights as the face of Home Staging Lens. “I remodeled my game room into a three-tier media room, equipped with starlight ceiling, surround sound, a theatre room reclining chair, a theatre room columns, and built my TV, lighting, and speakers in the walls. I laid wood flooring throughout the house with the exception of the bedrooms and bathrooms.”

When asked what she likes mostly about her business, Dr. Taylor said, “It brings out my creativity. I like the transformation and the awareness in the eyes of my clients during the makeover reveal.”

A DR. SHANTUAN RELATED STORY: https://makingheadlinenews.com/2018/07/06/notable-authors-dr-shantuan-coleman-and-dr-delmar-lees-taylors-new-book-providing-crucial-information-for-those-pursuing-doctoral-degrees/

Now we know why, especially amid September 13, 2008, the day that changed her life.

For practically the rest of her life.


For more information about Businesswoman Dr. Shantuan Coleman Taylor’s Home Stage Lens, call 1-888-808-4179 or 214-876-3713, or log on to: http://www.homestaginglens.com, or email her at: shantuan@browngirlempire.com. Also, write to: Home Staging Lens Headquarters at: Post Office 307, Alvarado, Texas 76009, or connect with Dr. Taylor via social media at: Facebook: @DrShantuan or Shantuan Coleman Taylor; Twitter: @DrShantuan; Instagram: @DrShantuan.


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KHIANDRA TURNS 40: Dallas minister Tyrone Woods pays homage to his beloved wife, who turns 40 October 27

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES TYRONE AND KHIANDRA WOODS


Because of the unyielding love he routinely exemplifies for his wife, Tyrone Woods was only trying to bask in the glory of the moment.

As usual, he was nothing short of impressive.

During last weekend’s inaugural State Fair Showdown between college football rivals Texas Southern versus Southern University, Woods — roaming the sideline just before the start of the third quarter — went to great lengths to welcome a host of Southern football players and band members to Dallas’ historic Cotton Bowl.

IN THEIR NECK OF THE WOODS — A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, Khiandra Woods will celebrate her 40th birthday on October 27, a much-anticipated milestone to which her life’s most celebrated individual had been looking forward for quite some time. A longtime educator, Woods is married to Tyrone Woods, an ordained minister who accepted his calling to the ministry 10 years ago. 

He had a very good reason why.


“I believe she loves Southern University, because it shaped so much of her life,” Woods, during an interview with Making Headline News, said of his wife, Khiandra Woods, a proud graduate of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based predominately black institution.


While Tyrone Woods had spent a great amount of time, paying homage to his wife’s alma mater by taking photos of and interacting with SU players, he’d be the first to admit that his love for Khiandra’s college isn’t merely synonymous to the admiration and honor he has for her.

A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, Khiandra will celebrate her 40th birthday on October 27, a much-anticipated milestone to which her life’s most celebrated individual had been looking forward for quite some time.

“My love for her far exceeds her love for Southern (University),” said Tyrone Woods, a native Willis, Texas. “There is no comparison.”

A Dallas/Fort Worth-area couple who began dating sometime in 2015, Tyrone and Khiandra had eventually changed nuptials in March 2016.

Much to their delight, their close-knit, Christian-based bond has been a thing of beauty with God, their Helper, leading the way.

THE HEART OF THE DELTA — “The way she changed my life and ministry for the better is that she married me,” Tyrone Woods said of the immeasurable impact his wife has had on his life. “Everything that makes me better is wrapped up in her.”

“Southern (University) could only give guidelines for a path in life,” said Tyrone Woods, drawing a correlation between his love for his wife and how extremely vital it is that he supports her college alma mater. “I am on the path of purpose with (her) every day.”

Credit the couple’s devout faith life that’s centered mostly on Biblical principles as arguably amongst the biggest reasons their interdependence and tireless support for each other, by all accounts, have given way to what has become a solid, inseparable union.

“Together, we seek purpose, find purpose, and together through our love for each other,” said Tyrone Woods, an ordained minister who accepted his calling to preach the gospel approximately a decade ago. “And God as our Head, we obtain and fulfill purpose in our lives. She loves Southern University but I’m in love with her.”

Which ironically goes to show that as Khiandra displays loves for her alma mater, chances are, her beloved husband will be right there, cheering on the Jags alongside her.

GOD’S LEADING LADIES — Khiandra Woods poses for a photo with Sandra G. Jackson, the First Lady of West Irving Church of God In Christ, following her wedding ceremony in March 2016. 

As evidenced by last weekend’s SWAC showdown that had ultimately ended with SU coming away with a 21-7 win.

Thank God for a favorable outcome involving the Woods’ favorite HBCU.


“The way she changed my life and ministry for the better is that she married me,” Tyrone Woods said of the immeasurable impact his wife has had on his life. “Everything that makes me better is wrapped up in her.”


Some pretty remarkably amazing comments by this preacher-turned-SU fan whom, given his public honor to his wife, should be given a free pass on purchasing a birthday card. Then again…

SOUTHERN FOR THE WIN — During last weekend’s inaugural State Fair Showdown between college football rivals Texas Southern versus Southern University, Woods — roaming the sideline just before the start of the third quarter — went to great lengths to welcome a host of Southern football players and band members to Dallas’ the historic Cotton Bowl.

“Happy birthday sweetheart,” Tyrone Woods said with such authority as his wife’s 40th birthday looms. “God blessed me with you. It is my desire that every year I’m blessed to be with you, I get better so that I can make your life better. I love you!”

Once again, he was nothing short of impressive.


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Texas author Gina McGowan Cade enjoying an increase in sales, global exposure since book’s release

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES GINA MCGOWAN CADE


DALLAS — To make a long story short…

“This book still blesses me,” Gina McGowan Cade is swift to acknowledge when recalling just how much God has steadfastly used her for His glory through her spirited and empowering written document entitled, “Iron Sharpens Iron: Encouragement for the Soul.”

Since her book’s much-anticipated release nearly three years ago, McGowan Cade has enjoyed a considerable amount of success, most notably through increased sales and enhanced exposure through the mainstream media.

An inspiring and spiritually-driven book in which McGowan Cade’s featured message is rather direct and forthright — to remind the people of God that God is always with us — “Iron Sharpens Iron: Encouragement for the Soul” is steadily having a massive and vital impact throughout the Body of Christ, particularly for those whom, well, are longing for some much-needed encouragement.

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE WORLD — A native of Dallas, Gina McGowan Cade is the author of “Iron Sharpens Iron: Encouragement for the Soul,” an inspiring, tear-jerking, spiritually confirming book in where Cade’s featured message is rather direct and forthright — to remind the people of God that God is always with us.

“Since my last story, my book sales took off,” McGowan Cade, a native of Dallas, told Making Headline News this week. “I am selling many books at book signings and online through Amazon as well. Since the (last MHN) story, the readers were literally introduced to Gina McGowan Cade. Many people would see me, were Facebook friends with me, but did not know me as a person. They just saw the image.”

Now that “Iron Sharpens Iron: Encouragement for the Soul” has evolved into a constant success and spiritual hub for those seeking a godly sense of direction, it’s safe to assume that McGowan Cade isn’t just an ordinary social media friend to many with whom she crosses paths.


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CONSIDER THE SOURCE — An inspiring and spiritually-driven book in which McGowan Cade’s featured message is rather direct and forthright — to remind the people of God that God is always with us — “Iron Sharpens Iron: Encouragement for the Soul” is steadily having a massive and vital impact throughout the Body of Christ, particularly for those whom, well, are longing for some much-needed encouragement.

Fortunately for them, she has become a monumental beacon of light as an accomplished Christian author, considering her reading audience has become accustomed to witnessing her good works, all the while glorifying the Father in heaven.

“I have received many testimonials where others have been equally blessed when reading the book,” McGowan Cade said. “There is so much word between the pages of the book that has something for almost everyone. Many dilemmas, situations, and issues. Jesus cares for us all.”

Given the continuous influential impact her book is having, particularly during times that are widely regarded as perilous, it has become a foregone conclusion that McGowan Cade cares for those who are destined to draw closer to Christ.

OFF THE CHARTS — After taking direct and strategic commands from her Creator, McGowan Cade not only caught the vision and wrote it down. To her credit, she has earnestly ran with it, ran with it in such a way that a 200-plus book was produced as a result.

Because after all, iron sharpens iron.

If you didn’t know, now you know.


“After writing the book, I would go back and read some of the chapters and be wowed. But understand this isn’t bragging about me. The information for Iron Sharpens Iron Encouragement for the Soul was given to me by the Holy Spirit. — Author Gina McGowan Cade


After taking direct and strategic commands from her Creator, McGowan Cade not only caught the vision and wrote it down. To her credit, she has earnestly ran with it — ran with it in such a way that a 200-plus book was produced as a result.

So to make a long story short…

“If a person hasn’t heard one of my interviews or read an article, they would not know that many of times, I would be asleep and would receive a heavenly download that I would jot down or place notes in my phone,” said McGowan Cade, explaining the awe-inspiring that transpired surrounding her book. “After waking up, again I would go back to review what I wrote and I would often ask the question, ‘Wow, this came from me?’”


A GINA MCGOWAN CADE RELATED STORY: https://makingheadlinenews.com/2017/01/27/dallas-area-author-gina-mcgowan-cades-spiritually-empowering-book-having-a-huge-impact-in-the-body-of-christ/

SEASON OF OVERFLOW — Since her book’s much-release nearly three years ago, McGowan Cade has enjoyed a considerable amount of success, most notably through sales and enhanced exposure through the mainstream media. 

Now that her initial book has caused a stir in the Body of Christ for all the right reasons, McGowan Cade has become inspired to begin writing Book No. 2.

The title: “Your Winning Season: Fear Not,” a project that is scheduled to hit the market sometime in Spring 2019, McGowan Cade said.

As for her latest book, McGowan Cade is especially giddy about the overflow of blessings that have surfaced since its release, some of which arose outside of the United States.

“I have only promoted the book physically in Texas,” McGowan Cade said. “I have had interviews with other (media outlets) that are in different states and even in Nigeria.”

Because after all, iron sharpens iron.

If you didn’t know, now you know.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth Author Gina McGowan Cade, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: Gina McGowan Cade. Also, send email to: ginamcgowancade@gmail.com.


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Dallas/Fort Worth author Mel Brown McGinnis’ newly-released book drawing a variety of rave reviews


MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES MEL BROWN MCGINNIS


Come unto Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)


DALLAS — For Mel Brown McGinnis, age isn’t merely just a number, particularly as it pertains to her immeasurable gifts as a writer.

Consider, for instance, how at just the tender age of 14, McGinnis was appropriately introduced to her awe-inspiring gift as a writer, an introduction that, much to her delight, was orchestrated by God Almighty.

“I’ve known since I was 14 years old that writing is my calling and my God-given gift,” McGinnis told Making Headline News this week. “I’ve been writing poetry since that time, but was never in a position to publish my work.”

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CONSTANT PAGE TUNER — Dallas/Fort Worth-area author Mel Brown McGinnis is a little less than two months removed from having witnessed the much-anticipated release of her book entitled, “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images.” (Photos By Lynsey Wade)

Fortunately for McGinnis, that all changed some four years ago.

That’s because in 2014, this Louisiana native began working diligently on her novel.

Never mind that she consequently endured the dreaded writer’s block or, as she recalls, she “couldn’t quite move the story and the characters forward.”

Fast forward to some three years later, September 2017 to be exact.

“I was having dinner with an author friend of mine and we were discussing the timeline for finishing my book,” McGinnis explained. “I mentioned to her that I didn’t know if I was quite ready to move forward with the novel, but that I had all of these poems that I had written a few years back that really helped me to get through some dark days.”

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LOUISIANA PURCHASE — A spiritually-enhancing and kingdom-advancing written work that is comprised of 134 pages, McGinnis’ “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images” is the debut literary work of this remarkably brilliant author and poet.

It was, by all accounts, because of those darks — those spiritually challenging and wilderness experiences — that have greatly helped propel McGinnis to authorship greatness.

That’s because McGinnis is a little less than two months removed from having witnessed the much-anticipated release of her book entitled, “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images.”

A spiritually-enhancing and kingdom-advancing written work that is comprised of 134 pages, McGinnis’ “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images” is the debut literary work of this remarkably brilliant author and poet from the small town of Monroe, Louisiana.

“This compilation takes you on a journey of love, loss and triumph,” said a spokesperson for McGinnis’ new book in a thorough breakdown at Amazon.com. Reflections is a collection of inspirational poetry, prose, and pictures from all over the world taken by the author during her travels, including selections from the author’s photo collection, ‘Natural Elements.’ The poetry, prose, and images work together to tell stories of empowering women, finding love after heartbreak, advocating against domestic violence, navigating the political landscape, creating pathways to success from humble beginnings, reveling in a love of sports, and paying tribute to a musical legend.”

What’s even more astounding for McGinnis is that since the recent release of her book, she’s managed to garner an array of rave reviews, many of which have blanketed her social media timelines.

A licensed attorney and certified sports agent, McGinnis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor in Mass Communications and Journalism from Louisiana State University.

STANDING OVATION — What’s even more astounding for McGinnis is that since the recent release of her book, she’s managed to garner an array of rave reviews, many of which have blanketed her social media timelines.

“The message that God is using me to deliver is that no matter how dark the days may be, never give up on yourself and never give up on your dreams,” McGinnis said. “I use this book to discuss themes of women’s empowerment and advocating against domestic violence.”

McGinnis said a percentage of sales from her book are donated to Women Called Moses, a local nonprofit organization that provides resources and support for victims of domestic violence.

Credit McGinnis’ keen ability to press and navigate through arguably the toughest of times, coupled with her devout faith in God, as amongst the grandest reasons her Creator essentially handpicked her for such a time as now to advance His kingdom, most notably through her endeavor as an author.

“After a difficult divorce, I was in a very dark place mentally,” McGinnis explained. “I didn’t know how to move forward in my life and I struggled just to get through each day. I would pray to God and say, ‘Ok God, so let’s make a deal. If You will just give me the strength to get through the day and get back to my car, then I can just cry when I get in the car on my way home. But please don’t let me have a breakdown at work.’

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“I cried every day literally for six months straight, and I just didn’t think I was going to get through it,” McGinnis continued. “But I did. One day, I went home and I said, today will be the last day I cry about this. And it was. Prayer was my source of strength. I just want people to know that no matter how hard things get, have faith in God and His plan for your life, and you can get through anything.”

Fortunately for McGinnis, she has been afforded the golden opportunity to make public appearances to promote her newly-assembled book which, in essence, is a unique ministry, of sorts, in its own right.

VIRTUOUS WOMAN — McGinnis is having an immediate and massive impact as an author, this having recently made her authorship debut.

Following what was a busy past few weeks, during which her book has become a constant fixture in the community and on the literary circuit, McGinnis will continue her book tour with a return to her native establishment of Monroe to host what is known as “Conversations With Mel.” This event will involve a Q & A segment and book signing and will take place at the Ouachita Parish Library on October 12.

McGinnis is scheduled to host a similar event on October 13 at the Louisiana Cotton Museum in nearby Lake Providence, where she was raised during the early years of her life.

Also, she will stop in Fort Worth, where she will attend the Women In Local Government Summit that is known as Women in Leadership: A Seat at the Table on October 25, during which she will be a guest speaker and a panelist, but isn’t expected to promote her book.

BUT GOD — Credit McGinnis’ keen ability to press and navigate through arguably the toughest of times, coupled with her devout faith in God, as amongst the reasons her Creator essentially handpicked her for such a time as now to advance His kingdom.

However, she will be promoting “Poetry & Prose” on October 28, which will be highlighted by live readings and a book signing at Victory Drinklab in New Orleans.

In wrapping up the tour, McGinnis will be on hand for “Conversations From The White Sofa” that is powered by the Book Club Brunch, an event that will take place in February 3, 2019 in Plano, Texas.

Talk about having an immediate and massive impact as an author, this having recently made her authorship debut.

“I am first a child of God, and I truly believe I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me,” McGinnis said. “I would hope to inspire others to believe the same.”

GOD’S LEADING LADY — Fortunately for McGinnis, a proud alumnus of Louisiana State University, she has been afforded the golden opportunity to make public appearances to promote her newly-assembled book which, in essence, is a unique ministry, of sorts, in its own right.

That she’s certainly doing with God, her Helper, leading the way.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Mel Brown McGinnis, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at:

Facebook: authormelmcginnis

Instagram: @authormelmcginnis

Twitter: @author_mel

Also, send email to: authormelmcginnis@gmail.com.


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Former pro baseball icons to be honored during Joaquina Winslow’s inaugural Mayors And Players Gala Oct. 12

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES JOAQUINA WINSLOW


Joaquina Winslow isn’t just widely known as a notable ambassador throughout the Houston metropolitan area.

Interestingly, she’s a sports enthusiast in her own right.

So much, in fact, that Winslow’s Pure Urban Excellence LLC is will hold its inaugural Mayors And Players Gala.

BRIDGING MASSIVE GAPS — Longtime businesswoman Joaquina Winslow’s Pure Urban Excellence LLC is will hold its inaugural Mayors And Players Gala.

The event will take place on October 12 from 5 to 10 p.m. CST at Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, located at 16090 City Walk in Sugar Land, Texas.

A star-studded event that is expected to attract a host of politicians, as well as current and former professional athletes and sports media types, the Mayors And Players Gala will be centered largely on bridging the gap between athletes and politicians, particularly during an era in which social injustice is seemingly dominating headlines.

“This is a great chance for politicians to meet and interacts with the athletes,” Winslow, a native of Baton Rouge, told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

Most importantly, bridging what undoubtedly is a massive gap between these professionals will be the primary focus during this event, Winslow emphasized.

“It’s going to show that players and politicians can be in the same room,” said Winslow, an accomplished businesswoman who is the chief executive officer of the Baton Rouge-based Black Wall Street, a Christian-based movement that was founded in 2014.

Also, during Winslow’s inaugural gala, attendees will have the chance to witness former baseball legends, Grover “Deacon” Jones and J. R. Richard, share the platform, as well as be honored for their valiant contributions to professional sports and society.

PAVING THE WAY — A former Ithaca College star, Grover “Deacon” Jones threw right-handed, but batted left-handed and enjoyed an 11-year minor-league stint that began in 1955 through 1969, during which he batted .319 with 154 home runs and a slugging percentage of .528.

A retired player, coach, manager, and scout, Jones, 84, appeared in 40 Major League games as a first baseman and pinch hitter for the Chicago White Sox, first from 1962–63 and then in 1966.

A former Ithaca College star, Jones threw right-handed, but batted left-handed and enjoyed an 11-year minor-league stint that began in 1955 through 1969, during which he batted .319 with 154 home runs and a slugging percentage of .528.

Interestingly, Jones still holds the Midwest League record for the highest single-season batting average when he hit .409 for the Dubuque Packers in 1956. He also compiled 135 hits to accompany 26 homers and manufactured a .758 slugging percentage in only 330 at-bats.

LEAST WE FORGET — Selected with the second overall pick in the 1969 Amateur Draft by the Astros directly out of high school, J. R. Richard had ultimately made his Major League debut two seasons later, a stint that lasted through the end of the 1975 season.

As for Richard, 68, he also enjoyed a successful professional career as a starting pitcher in the big leagues from 1971 through 1980 as a member of the Houston Astros.

Selected with the second overall pick in the 1969 Amateur Draft by the Astros directly out of high school, Richard had ultimately made his Major League debut two seasons later, a stint that lasted through the end of the 1975 season.

While assuming a limited role with the Astros, Richard tossed no more than 72 innings in a season but, in 1975, he enjoyed his first full season in the majors as a starting pitcher.

SHE’S GOT CONNECTIONS —  Also, during Winslow’s inaugural gala, attendees will have the chance to witness former baseball legends, Grover “Deacon” Jones and J. R. Richard, share the platform, as well as be honored for their valiant contributions to professional sports and society.

As for her forthcoming gala, while Winslow is especially grateful to attract a gallery of big name political figures and former athletes, she emphasized that other pertinent issues and information will be addressed.

“A lot of stem cell therapy will be talked about,” said Winslow, referring to her Pure Urban Excellence movement. “So that’s an aspect I want to highlight as well.”

Prior to the start of the Mayors And Players Gala, a red carpet event will take place at 5 p.m.

For more about Businesswoman Joaquina Winslow of Pure Urban Excellence LLC,  send email to: pureurbanexcellence@gmail.com. Also, log on to www.pureurbanexcellencenc.wixsite.com/mysite/events.


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