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OKC businessman Karim Muhammad aiming to promote his nonprofit organization on national talk and syndicated radio shows

A NATIONAL IMPACT

MAJOR MAJOR STRIDES — A native of Oklahoma City, Karim Muhammad is especially grateful of the immeasurable strides he made through his Teachers Appreciation Foundation, which is steadily attracting more of a national presence.

DALLAS — Karim Muhammad is on a mission.

A great, big one, to be more technical.

Consider, for instance, Muhammad’s fervent, unyielding quest in having a monumental impact as the founder and executive director of the Teachers Appreciation Foundation, his Oklahoma City-based nonprofit organization he founded nearly five years ago.

“Inspiring others is very instrumental (in that I’m afforded the golden opportunity) to encourage them to follow their dreams,” Muhammad told Making Headline News during a weekend interview.

WHAT ABOUT TAF? https://www.taf5.org/

A native of Oklahoma City, Muhammad is especially grateful of the immeasurable strides he’s made through his organization, which is steadily attracting more of a national presence.

So much, in fact, that this young businessman doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s destined to devise ways to grasp the attention of a few renowned celebrities and political figures.

“Our goal is to convey the mission and the message on a national talk show and syndicated radio talk show,” said Muhammad, referring specifically to the Steve Harveys, Wendy Williamses, Dr. Phils, and the Rickey Smileys of the world, just to name a few.

A former Langston University and Oklahoma State University student, Muhammad’s Teachers Appreciation Foundation is comprised of a five-person leadership board in which his mother serves as President. Pictured with Muhammad is Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt.

A nonprofit organization that went into full operations in June 2014, Teachers Appreciation Foundation’s mission is centered largely on remaining dedicated to the movement of appreciating the school village responsible for teaching the future leaders of the world, as mentioned in a detailed breakdown of this institution at https://www.taf5.org/.

Moreover, this credible nonprofit is widely known for giving back to Oklahoma schools by acknowledging and appreciating educators and support workers in a big way.

Powered by the motto, “The School Village Will Teach The Child” — a catchphrase that was spearheaded by Muhammad’s mother, former longtime educator Miniimah Muhammad — Muhammad was determined to start a foundation that honors school teachers, custodians, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and everyone involved in the school system as a whole, he said.

Nearing its fifth year of existence, Teachers Appreciation Foundation has become a fixture, particularly in highlighting what Muhammad describes as “the roots of these phenomenal people” in large part because “they are pieces to the educational puzzle,” he said.

Interestingly and to his credit, Muhammad’s mother — whose teaching career spanned more than three decades — were amongst those elated and enthused about the concept to establish a credible and worthy foundation.

“I want to provide a quintessential service to my community and other communities worldwide,” Muhammad, an OKC Northeast High School graduate, said, explaining his purpose for his organization, which accommodates people 25 years of age and up. “(I love) putting smiles on the faces and bringing excitement to dignitaries, educators and supporting staff.”

A nonprofit organization that went into full operations in June 2014, Teachers Appreciation Foundation’s mission is centered largely on remaining dedicated to the movement of appreciating the school village responsible for teaching the future leaders of the world, as mentioned in a detailed breakdown of this institution at https://www.taf5.org/.

Much to his delight, social media has benefited Muhammad’s organization mightily in that it has helped spread the word about his flourishing endeavor, which will be hosting its annual TAF Awards Show in the coming months.

According to Muhammad, he and his staff are in discussion for the 2020 TAF Awards to be held in Oklahoma City (February 1 of that year) and nearby Arlington, Texas (on February 8).

In addition, his organization will be hosting a number of community-related events, most notably its TAF Awards Sponsorship Seminars, which customarily take place the third Thursday of each month and is free and open to the public.

A former Langston University and Oklahoma State University student, Muhammad’s Teachers Appreciation Foundation is comprised of a five-person leadership board in which his mother serves as President.

Dawud Ali is TAF’s Vice President, Moneka Sharee is Secretary, and Julie Sharif and Latasha Howell assume the roles as staff members.

Nearing its fifth year of existence, Teachers Appreciation Foundation has become a fixture, particularly in highlighting what Muhammad describes as “the roots of these phenomenal people” in large part because “they are pieces to the educational puzzle,” he said.

WHAT ABOUT TAF? https://www.taf5.org/

Powered by the motto, “The School Village Will Teach The Child” — a catchphrase that was spearheaded by Muhammad’s mother, former longtime educator Miniimah Muhammad — Muhammad was determined to start a foundation that honors school teachers, custodians, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers and everyone involved in the school system as a whole.

“We want to build the movement of appreciating the whole school body,” Muhammad added. “I want the people who go to school to get their teaching certification and degrees to look forward to the Teachers Appreciation Foundation Awards Show. I want them to look forward to the awards show as the Grammys for teachers and staff.”

Talk about a man on a mission.

A great, big one, to be more technical.


For more information about Oklahoma City-area Businessman Karim Muhammad, or to schedule him for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 405.532.3488 or write to: P.O. Box 17613, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73136. Also, connect with TAF via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/teachAF1978/. Also, send email to: tafteam5@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.

Daughter of Memphis Pastor receives double transplant, erases memory of 22-year-long battle with kidney failure, diabetes

DALLAS — One single phone call over the weekend had ultimately given way to Ivory Jackson Sr.’s daughter, Tamara, violating traffic laws for all the right reasons.

Surely, he didn’t seem to mind.

“She drove 94 (miles per hours) all the way to Jackson,” Jackson Sr., during an interview Tuesday morning with Making Headline News, said, alluding to his daughter’s three-hour commute from Memphis to the capital of Mississippi.


MISSISSIPPI MIRACLE 

DADDY’S LIVING MIRACLE — During a phone call from the University of Mississippi Medical Center Friday evening, Ebony — who was in dire need of kidney and pancreas translates, or a “double transplant,” according to her father — learned that perfect matches had been cited for both, news that jumpstarted her life’s long-awaited comeback.

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Tamara Jackson had gone nearly 25 miles above the speed limit for an extended period of time, look no further than the challenging, sometimes tempestuous occurrences involving her sister, Ebony Jackson.

At the tender age of 10, Ebony was diagnosed with kidney failure. As if that wasn’t enough to send shock waves throughout her family, she was also diagnosed as a Juvenile Diabetic Type 1.

According to a report at https://www.mayoclinic.org/, this type of diabetes is a condition in which a child’s body no longer produces an important hormone (or insulin).

BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER — At the tender age of 10, Ebony was diagnosed with kidney failure. As if that wasn’t enough to send shocks waves throughout her family, she was also diagnosed as a Juvenile Diabetic Type 1.

As a result, the child would customarily need insulin to survive and would have to replace the missing insulin. Also, Type 1 diabetes in children is commonly known as “juvenile diabetes,” or “insulin-dependent diabetes.”

Type 1 diabetes in children, in fact, requires consistent care. However, advances in blood sugar monitoring and insulin delivery have improved the daily management of the condition.

For Ebony Jackson, 33, her diagnosis, which lasted a little more than two decades, had come to what appeared to be a ceremonious end over the weekend.

During a phone call from the University of Mississippi Medical Center Friday evening, Ebony — who was in dire need of kidney and pancreas translates, or a “double transplant,” according to her father — learned that perfect matches had been cited for both, news that jumpstarted her life’s long-awaited comeback.


FAITH ON TRIAL 

GOD’S CO-PILOT — One single phone call over the weekend had ultimately given way to Ivory Jackson Sr.’s daughter, Tamara, violating traffic laws for all the right reasons. “She drove 94 (miles per hours) all the way to Jackson,” Jackson, during an interview Tuesday morning with Making Headline News, said, alluding to his daughter’s three-hour commute from Memphis to the capital of Mississippi.

“I felt like I was floating. My thoughts are still all over the place, as are my emotions,” Ebony wrote in an 8:52 a.m. CST Facebook post before her 1,300-plus social media followers on Saturday. “But I do know that God answered my prayers.”

He didn’t just answer the fervent prayers of this courageous, yet sometimes animated PK — or Pastor’s Kid, according to those in the church world — but that Ebony underwent surgery the next day, during which she was the beneficiary of a new kidney and pancreas essentially had given way to a testimony service orchestrated by her father Sunday morning within the walls of the church her grandfather founded nearly 50 years ago.

“I guess God had something to do with the timing of it,” Ivory Jackson Sr., the Senior Pastor of Memphis’ Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ, said, alluding to his daughter’s surgical procedure that took place the day before his father’s 83rd birthday and 12 days before what would have been his mother’s 84th birthday. “The call happened on Friday as far as making preparations. The transplant happened on Saturday, and I wanted to get to church on Sunday to bring back good news.”


SEASON OF THE REBIRTH 

THE ROMANS 8:37 AFFECT — God didn’t just answer the fervent prayers of this courageous, yet animated PK — or Pastor’s Kid, according to those in the church world — but that Ebony underwent surgery the next day, during which she was the beneficiary of a new kidney and pancreas essentially had given way to testimony service, of sorts, unfolding Sunday morning within the walls of the church her grandfather founded nearly 50 years ago.

For Jackson Sr., it was the kind of “good news” that ironically seemed synonymous to the sermon he had given hours after returning from Jackson. The topic: “What’s In Your Heart?”

For what it’s worth, it’s safe to assume his daughter whom, months leading to her double transplant, had kept her social media followers abreast of her journey, already answered such an inquiry long before her father had posed the question to his congregation.

Having described his daughter as a “fighter” much like her late grandmother, Lottie Jackson, who passed away in October 2012, Ebony’s surgical breakthrough comes a little more than 22 years after her unlikely diagnosis.

FAMILY FOCUS — For what it’s worth, it’s safe to assume his daughter whom, months leading to her double transplant, had keep her kept her social media followers abreast of her journey, already answered such an inquiry long before her father had posed the question to his congregation.

Because God was working diligently behind the scenes on her behalf, this wasn’t merely a proverbial Catch 22, mind you. If nothing else, the dramatic sequence of events surrounding Ebony’s condition is a testament of how she has steadfastly kept God the Focal Point during her immeasurable, yet sometimes stormy journey.

For her valiant efforts, coupled with her bend-but-don’t-break faith, she was finally able to erase of the memory of a two-plus-decade-long affliction, which could have potentially given way to a premature death.

But God…

LOTTIE’S LOOKING DOWN FROM HEAVEN — All that matters at this point, really, is that Ebony, whose drawn much comparison to her late grandmother, underwent successful surgery and is on the road to recovery. Jackson posed for a postgame photo with former Oklahoma City Thunder and current Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant in 2013.

“I was very excited and it was actually surreal to me,” said Ivory Jackson Sr., recalling his immediate reaction after fielding a phone call late Friday night from Ebony, who shared with him the good news surrounding her condition. “I was in the middle of a business transaction and was about to stop and go (take her myself.)”


It wasn’t long after the phone call for which Ebony had desperately waited that she began to prepare to make the three-hour trip down Interstate 55 to Jackson.

Then came Tamara, Jackson Sr.’s other daughter whom, to her credit, not only replaced her father in the driver seat, but she put the pedal to the metal in relatively unorthodox and speedy fashion.

Never mind that she deemed it essentially to violate a few traffic laws in the process.

All that matters at this point, really, is that Ebony — whose spiritual music talents have drawn much comparisons to her late grandmother — underwent successful surgery and, for good measure, is on a much-anticipated road to recovery.


OKCOMEBACK FOR THE AGES

DESTINY STEPS — For her valiant efforts, coupled with her bend-but-don’t-break faith, Ebony was finally able to erase of the memory of a two-plus-decade-long affliction that could have potentially given way to a premature death. But God…

What a memorable journey it was, as evidenced by the good news her father disclosed before his congregation Sunday morning.

“The people told her to go ahead and pack her bags, because she wouldn’t have to wait long,” said Jackson Sr., whose daughter was added to the Mississippi transplant waiting list  roughly two months ago. “My daughter called (Friday night) and was crying. This was the best news I have ever heard.”

So much for that 94-mile-per-hour drive down I-55 for what unequivocally has emerged as the Mississippi Miracle.


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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.