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


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


A RISING STAR 

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

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

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

MORE ON TAMIKYO INEZ: tamikyoinez.com

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

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


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


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

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

And the rest, as they say, was history.

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

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

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

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

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

NATIONAL STAR WATCH 

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

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

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

So remember the name.

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


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


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Mid-South author Tamera Kelly heeds godly advice, completes first book prior to her mother’s death


And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10 NIV)


MOM KNOWS BEST 

DRAMATIC COMEBACK FOR THE AGES — A Mid-South-area author and businesswoman, Tamera Kelly is the mastermind behind the spiritually-empowering book entitled, “Back Against The Wall.”

DALLAS — One afternoon, Tamera Kelly reached for the nearest pen and pad, sat in the middle of the living room floor, and commenced to writing.

And the rest, as they say, was history.
“I knew that I would be an author at an early age due to me writing since elementary,” Kelly told Making Headline News this week. “(As it relates to my book), it’s funny, because I didn’t have a title. I just wrote the story and prayed about the title while I was writing it.”
For Kelly, that she steadfastly stepped out on faith — most notably through the ever-so-competitive world of authorship — has benefited her mightily in recent years.
A Mid-South-area author and businesswoman, Kelly is the mastermind behind the spiritually-empowering book entitled, “Back Against The Wall.”

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CHEERING HER OWN — For Kelly, losing her mother essentially served as a devastating blow to a writer whom, because of her mother’s unyielding support, eventually had to come to grips with the notion that her No. 1 cheerleader was still very much coaching and guiding her from the heavens.

An awe-inspiring written work that is comprised of 106 pages in length, Kelly’s “Back Against The Wall” appropriately pinpoints dreaded situations, during which life — as precious, yet fragile it is — is throwing you curve balls, around what this Christian-based writer describes as “the worlds and upper cuts” at the same time.

“Like seriously, it felt like you were on a roller coaster, merry-go-round and zippin’ pippin’…and you just wanted to get off the ride,” said Kelly, referring to a few of the classic rides as Memphis’ now-defunct Libertyland amusement park. “Well…child…welcome to ‘Back Against The Wall.’ ‘Back Against The Wall’ is not your typical fiction novel. It speaks about every day circumstances that we all can relate to in one way or another.”

A book that is nearing its fourth year of existence — Kelly officially made her authorship debut on December 5, 2015 — Kelly needed somewhere in the neighborhood of five years to compose a book that, to her credit, has been as good as advertised.

“I was blessed with this gift,” Kelly said. “Writing is my passion. This is my first novel and it took me awhile to complete it due to during that timeframe I was taking care of my mother, who was battling leukemia that quickly transformed into lymphoma.”

Although Kelly’s mother had ultimately died as a result of complications surrounding her illness, the Memphis-area author had finally put to wraps her novel just before her mom had expired.

All things considered, she had no choice, quite frankly, given her quest to fulfill her dream as an accomplished author is just what her mother would have wanted.


“Although my mother tried to keep her illnesses from me as long as she could, she still continued to love on and put me first,” Kelly recalled. “Every morning, my mother would wake up at 4 a.m., prepare me breakfast, then come to my room and ask me, ‘Mera, are you up writing?’”


For Kelly, losing her mother essentially served as a devastating blow to a writer whom, because of her mother’s unyielding support, eventually had to come to grips with the notion that her No. 1 cheerleader was still very much coaching and guiding her from the heavens.

“After her transition, I didn’t want to write anymore,” Kelly explained. “I decided that I wasn’t going to publish my book, nor continue my literary gift until one night I was sitting in my bed, crying and I heard a voice say, ‘Finish what your father started.’ I’ve been doing it ever since then, because this is what my parents would have wanted me to do.”

As for the divine message Kelly aspires to send to her reading audience through her first book, this writer emphasized, among other things, that whenever our backs are against the wall, what it all boils down to devising ways to simply trust the man in the mirror.

Kelly is founder and executive director of Purpose Over Popularity Youth Development Center, Incorporated, her nonprofit organization designed to create and develop outlets for youth in low-income areas so they can become thriving citizen.

“At the end of real day, you have to deal with you and your decisions,” Kelly said. “Therefore, remove your mask and trust you.”

Next up for Kelly: a second edition of “Back Against The Wall” and a written work entitled, “Children Don’t Come With Instructions.”

Chances are, these forthcoming projects will be as good as advertised, much like the first book assembled by this author, who’s the founder and executive director of Purpose Over Popularity Youth Development Center, Incorporated, her nonprofit organization designed to create and develop outlets for youth in low-income areas so they can become thriving citizen.

An awe-inspiring written work that is comprised of 106 pages in length, Kelly’s “Back Against The Wall” appropriately pinpoints dreaded situations, during which life — as precious, yet fragile it is — is throwing you curve balls, around what this Christian-based writer describes as “the worlds and upper cuts” at the same time.

Nearly five four years removed from having produced her first book, Kelly still deems it a “Wow” moment to this day.

“Not to give away too much of the book, I actually have a character who speaks with God throughout her journey,” Kelly said. “This book aligns with my purpose for which I am called by using my gift to bring thought-provoking literature to those who can relate to the characters.”

This after having reached for the nearest pen and pad years ago from the comfortable confines of her the living room.


For more information on Mid-South Author Tamera Kelly, to order her book, or schedule her for a book signing or speaking engagement, call 901.412.3852 or connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/authortamera.kelly. Also, send email to: atkwrites@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.

Mid-South AAU hoops player Christian Brown following in foosteps of his mom and dad

BEAST MODE 

REMEMBER THE NAME — To his credit, AAU basketball standout Christian Brown went into beast mode during what was a memorable AAU game between Brown’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee-area Storm squad versus Eagleville. In a game that will go down as arguably the most memorable one to date for Brown, his Storm team faced a 12-point deficit with inside of two minutes remaining. That is when spectators witnessed flashes of greatness surrounding a kid who’s nearing 6-foot as a preteen.

He’s only 12 years of age.

But for a youth basketball player, Christian Brown is a beast on the court.

To his credit, he certainly went into full beast mode during what was a memorable AAU game between Brown’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee-area Storm squad versus Eagleville.

In a game that will go down as arguably the most memorable one to date for Brown, his Storm team faced a 12-point deficit with inside of two minutes remaining.
That is when spectators witnessed flashes of greatness surrounding a kid who’s nearing 6-foot as a preteen.
Brown was the catalyst for a Storm team that stormed back in the waning moments, erasing a double-digit deficit and miraculously coming away with a 50-49 victory, having outscored the opposition, 18-3, the rest of the way.
In manufacturing 17 points in what was an AAU game for the ages, Brown managed some late heroics when he stole an in-bounds pass and was fouled as a result.

His two clutch free throws helped the Storm ease out to the final margin and, most importantly, his immeasurable display proved to be a microcosm of his resiliency for which he customarily exemplifies in close-game situations.

So remember the name, much sooner than later: Christian Brown.

Because if there’s one thing he’s proven, it’s that his best and brightest days are well ahead of him.

“I always tell him he’s destined for greatness and to always make the most of each day,” said Chelsea Brown, Christians’s mother, during interview with Making Headline News this week. “That day will be confirmation of what we speak into his life on a daily basis.”

If anyone can appropriately assess — and critique — Christian’s progress on and off the court, it’s his mother.

Chelsea Brown was a basketball standout in her own right, most notably in high school, where she starred for perennial power Memphis Whitehaven (from 1990 to 1992), which boasted a number of Division 1 recruits. Brown went on to star at SWAC member Southern University from 1992 to 1995, capping off what was stellar basketball tenure for the native Memphian.


RESPECT DA HAVEN

IN RETROSPECT — Christian Brown’s mother, Chelsea Brown, was a basketball standout in her own right, most notably in high school, where she starred for perennial power Whitehaven (from 1990 to 1992), which boasted a number of Division 1 recruits.

Given that her son seems on path to following in the footsteps of his parents – both his mother and father are former athletes — it’s safe to assume that, well, the apple didn’t fall very far from the tree (with all due respect).

“Of course, I will be overjoyed to see his dreams and aspirations come to fruition,” said Chelsea Brown how special would it be if her son is fortunate to sign a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball. “But most of all, I’m thankful for the opportunity for him to continue to grow as an athlete.”

Chances are, the 5-foot-10 Christian Brown will grow — literally and figuratively — in the foreseeable future as he looks ahead to next season as one of the marquee players for Rocky Fork Middle School in Smyrna, Tennessee.

A slim 113-pounder — yet with so much growing to do and weight to put on — Christian often rotates between playing the small forward and shooting guard positions.

In addition to his attractive length for a 12-year-old, he’s proven to hold his own and make his presence felt, particularly against bigger and more experienced players, a trend that shouldn’t merely come as a surprise, considering Christian began playing competitive basketball at five years of age for the Rutherford County basketball league.

“He beat everyone down the court and played good defense,” Chelsea Brown said. “And he was the tallest kid on the court most of the time.”

The possibility exist that will surely be the case when he transitions to the prep basketball ranks, an attribute that figures to garner the attention of scouts and recruiters.


“He never ceases to amaze me,” Chelsea said her son’s continuous progress. “I love watching him exceed my expectations through growth and development. He always plays to the end.”

He sure does.

Remember that recent game against Eagleville?

His mother sure does. There’s a good chance she won’t be forgetting it, either.

FULL RIDE — Brown (in powder blue) went on to star at SWAC member Southern University from 1992 to 1995, capping off what was stellar basketball tenure for the native Memphian.

“I actually witnessed him lead his team to victory with two minutes on the clock and they were down by 12,” said Chelsea in pure wonderment. “I saw it in his eyes. He reads his opponents and went into (attack mode) and came out victorious.”

That, to his credit, figures to be a sign of things to come — much sooner than later.


“My parents always tell me that as long as I work hard, developing as a student-athlete, they will always provide an avenue for me to succeed,” said Christian, who recently was the beneficiary of the Athlete Academic Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average (he manufactured a 3.6 GPA), as well as being named Offensive Player of the Year in both football and basketball.

In addition to his attractive length for a 12-year-old, he’s proven to hold his own and make his presence felt, particularly against bigger and more experienced players, a trend that shouldn’t merely come as a surprise, considering Christian began playing competitive basketball at five years of age for the Rutherford County basketball league.

“My dad is always there to support me, and his presence always motivates me to play hard.”

Interestingly, although he has plenty of basketball left to play before bolting the high prep ranks, Christian doesn’t shy away from the notion that’s he’s presently auditioning for a full-ride athletic scholarship.

As far as he’s concerned, there’s no time to waste, not when he’s closing in on 6-feet in height as a preteen and making his presence felt against more experienced players.

“I would like (scouts and recruiters) to know that I am a hard worker and coachable,” said Christian, who will attend a hoops camp at Duke University over the summer. “I am a team player and have experience, playing every position on the floor. Most of all, I’m always open to learning and using skills learned from camps and other resources.”


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Memphis author Shelia Sewell’s authorship debut has been nothing short of remarkable

KEEPING IT 100

HOLDING IT DOWN — A native of Natchez, Mississippi — a rural town that rest on the mighty Mississippi River and is comprised of roughly 15,792 residents, according to the latest U.S.  census — Shelia Sewell is a Memphis-based writer who authored the eloquent and compelling book entitled, “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies.”

Don’t get it twisted.

Shelia Sewell isn’t merely boasting or bragging.

Because as she often tells it, she didn’t just aspire to become an author for the sole purpose of saying she’s one.

Rather, she delved off into the ever-so-competitive world of authorship so that she could — you know — make a notable name for herself.

Not to mention, have a massive impact in the process.

MORE ON AUTHOR SHELIA SEWELL: https://www.facebook.com/authorsheliasewell/

“I feel that I received the vision to write many years ago. As an avid reader, I have always wanted to be an author,” Sewell told Making Headline News this week. “But not just an author; I wanted to be a published author and be able to share my work with as many readers as possible.”

Much to her delight, she’s doing just that, considering she’s enjoyed sustained success as an accomplished writer now that she’s nearly two years removed from having made her authorship debut.

SHE’S JUST WARMING UP — Now that her first book is savoring a considerable amount of success, Sewell has announced that other written projects are forthcoming.

A native of Natchez, Mississippi — a rural town that rest on the mighty Mississippi River and is comprised of roughly 15,792 residents, according to the latest U. S.  census — Sewell is a Memphis-based writer who authored the eloquent and compelling book entitled, “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies.”

A book that was officially released in October 2017 and is comprised of 174 pages in length, Sewell’s “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies” depicts the assortment of developments involving one of its featured character, Sheree, whom this writer describes as “the outspoken teacher.”

ALL IN — “I feel that my book’s message is that life happens,” Sewell, a lifetime member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, said. “There are situations that we put ourselves in and there are those that are caused by other people. Also, each chapter of my book has a quote or saying that can be useful to what you might be experiencing in your life.”

Meanwhile, this book also introduces us to Shaina, whom Sewell deems “the unhappily married housewife and mother,” and, Morgan, a career-driven attorney, not to mention Maven, whom Sewell refers to as “the bonafide hood-girl-turned-business-owner.”

In essence, they all have been best friends for over two decades and, every Friday night, you can find Sheree, Shaina, Morgan, and Maven sitting at their reserved VIP table at Rico’s, the most popular 30’s-plus lounge in the city, according to detailed breakdown of Sewell’s book at Amazon.com.

“The girls enjoy exquisite cuisine and specialized cocktails while dishing about life, love, and relationships,” said an Amazon spokesperson for Sewell’s “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies.”


YOU GO GIRL!!! 

A book that is nearing the second anniversary since its ceremoniously release, Sewell’s “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies” has been nothing short of remarkable.

“There’s usually no room for secrets among these friends, because they’ve shared everything: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright scandalous and illegal. But that is all about to change.”

As Sewell explained, amongst her reasons for composing “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies” is that she’s aiming to dismiss the array of the ongoing stereotypes connected to African-American women.

“I wrote this book, because I felt that as a black mother with so many labels — daddy-less daughter, single-parent household, teenaged mother, survivor of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence survivor, sister, friend, and more — I had a unique way of being able to channel all of my experiences into one great work of fiction. I also know that the lives of the characters are real. The challenges that they face in their personal, professional, and family lives are ones that women face every day.”Author Shelia Sewell

A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Sewell began writing her latest book approximately a decade ago, during which she had written sparingly.

“When I moved to the Memphis area in 2013, I had only written about 10-to-12 chapters,” Sewell recalled. “Every time that I would try to write over the years, life got in the way.”

As Sewell acknowledged, it took a freak accident to transpire, which, as a result, fueled her desire to get the book finished.

“In the summer of 2015, I ended up with a hurt back,” Sewell said. “I literally sat in my living room and wrote 22 chapters. I finished the remaining eight chapters for my 40th birthday in October 2015.”

HOT READ — A book that was officially released in October 2017 and is comprised of 174 pages in length, Sewell’s “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies” depicts the assortment of developments involving one of the featured character, Sheree, whom this writer describes as “the outspoken teacher.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

A book that is nearing the second anniversary since its ceremoniously release, Sewell’s “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies” has been nothing short of remarkable.

“I feel that my book’s message is that life happens,” Sewell, a lifetime member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, said. “There are situations that we put ourselves in and there are those that are caused by other people. Also, each chapter of my book has a quote or saying that can be useful to what you might be experiencing in your life.”

MORE ON AUTHOR SHELIA SEWELL: https://www.facebook.com/authorsheliasewell/

WHAT’S DA 411 — As Sewell explained, amongst her reasons for composing “Love, Lies, & Loyalty: Rico’s Girls’ Philosophies” is that she’s aiming to dismiss the array of the ongoing stereotypes connected to African-American women.

Now that her first book is savoring a considerable amount of success, Sewell has announced that other written projects are forthcoming.

“I am currently working on my second book,” she said. “It will be published in the fall.”

One that, in all likelihood, figures to be nothing short of remarkable upon its much-anticipated release.

So don’t get it twisted.


For more information on Mid-South-area Author Shelia Sewell, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing, or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/shelia.l.sewell. Also, send email to:  shesewell1922@gmail.com.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lofton was rather forthright in his proposition to Hardaway. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Mother of slain NBA player to be keynote speaker at C. L. Tim Williams’ Seventh Annual Black & White Affair Banquet November 10.

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES C. L. WILLIAMS 


In case you don’t know him, C. L. Tim Williams would like to introduce himself.

A 56-year-old native of Cincinnati, Williams — who’s original name is Chester Williams, though he’s widely known as “C. L.” — is a military veteran who served as a U. S. Navy chief.

A longtime Mid-Southerner, Williams currently functions as a federal civil servant, whereby he works for the U. S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (or OFCCP) as an Equal Opportunity Specialist and Compliance Officer.

TEN-NES-SEE HIS SUCCESSAn accomplished businessman and ambassador for the Memphis metropolitan area, C. L. Williams is founder and chief executive officer of Always Giving Back Memphis, Inc., a local non-profit organization that centers largely on philanthropic goals, most notably charitable, educational, religious, or other activities that strategically serves the public interest or common good.

An accomplished businessman and ambassador for the Memphis metropolitan area, Williams is founder and chief executive officer of Always Giving Back Memphis, Inc., a local non-profit organization that centers largely on philanthropic goals, most notably charitable, educational, religious, or other activities that strategically serves the public interest or common good.

“Giving back to the community gives us a pleasant feeling of connectedness and satisfaction,” said a spokesperson in a detailed description of this institution on the Giving Back Memphis, Inc. Facebook page.

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When asked how his competitive drive in life propelled him for his business venture, Williams, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, “It was not really a competitive drive in life that propelled me for my business venture, but more so an altruistic commitment to duty to community and humanity for the blessings bestowed upon me.”

To his credit, Williams’ reputation is such that he routinely goes to great lengths to give back to the community.

In a big way, too.

CREATING A MEDIA BUZZ — When asked how his competitive drive in life propelled him for his business venture, Williams, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, “It was not really a competitive drive in life that propelled me for my business venture, but more so an altruistic commitment to duty to community and humanity for the blessings bestowed upon me.”

On November, Williams will hold his Seventh Annual Black & White Affair Banquet from 6 to 10 p.m. CST at the Esplanade Memphis, located at 901 Cordova Station Avenue in Cordova.

Deemed an unforgettable evening of dining, fellowship, giveaways, live music, networking, and getting to know Always Giving Back, this event will benefit the Community For A Greater Memphis Parents Of Murdered Children Chapter.

Deborah Marion, the mother of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright, will be the keynote speaker.

Drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, Wright is a former University of Memphis star, who enjoyed a 13-year NBA career that also included stints with the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

REMEMBERING HER FIRST LOVE — Deborah Marion, the mother of slain NBA player Lorenzen Wright, will be the keynote speaker. Drafted with the seventh overall in the 1996 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, Wright, a former University of Memphis star, enjoyed a 13-year NBA career that was also included stints with the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers. In a July 2010, Wright was killed and his body was found on July 28 in a wooded area on Callis Cutoff Road, just west of Hacks Cross Road. On December 15, 2017, Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright-Robinson, was arrested in California in connection with the murder.

In a July 2010, Wright was killed and his body was found on July 28 in a wooded area on Callis Cutoff Road, just west of Hacks Cross Road.

On December 15, 2017, Wright’s ex-wife, Sherra Wright-Robinson, was arrested in California in connection with the murder.

As for his forthcoming Black & White Affair Banquet, Williams emphasized, among other things, that the Memphis chapter will aid mostly the underserved parents of murdered children and siblings, particularly assisting them to navigate through the grief process and through the criminal justice system.

Williams’ Always Giving Back Memphis, Inc. has been serving Greater Memphis since 2006 and became a full fledge non-profit organization in 2014.

MORE ON ALWAYS GIVING BACK MEMPHIS, INC: 
www.alwaysgivingback.org

“It is imperative that I esteem and inspire others as often as opportunities exist, because to whom much is given, much is required,” said Williams, whose organization also offers free seminars on basic financial literacy, effective public speaking, and prostate cancer awareness and screening, as well as raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Society can be very cruel to disenfranchised and underserved people, and to ensure they are provided opportunities to thrive and become productive members of society, it is my reasonable service to advocate for them.”

As for his personal mission for having adopted a passion for giving back, Williams acknowledged that it all goes back to what he describes as his “humble beginnings.”

“I been blessed by having a pretty successful life,” Williams said. “My personal mission is to give back and serve at every possible opportunity.”

NEVER FORGET TO REMEMBER — As for his forthcoming Black & White Affair Banquet, Williams emphasized, among other things, that the Memphis chapter will aid mostly the underserved parents of murdered children and siblings, particularly assisting them to navigate through the grief process and through the criminal justice system.

Currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organization Development from Colorado Technical University, Williams earned a Master of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University in St. Louis.

Prior to that, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Ministry from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.

For more information about Mid-South-area Businessman C. L. Tim Williams, to inquire about tickets for the Seventh Annual Black & White Affair Banquet, or to make donations to Always Giving Back Memphis, Inc., call 757.618.7648, or write to: 7586 Elpine Gray Drive Arlington, Tennessee 38002-8525. Also, connect with him via social media: https://www.facebook.com/pg/AGBMemphisHQ/, or send email to: agbmem@gmail.com.


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Memphis’ Chasity L. Toler takes positive approach to Multiple Sclerosis with a thriving nonprofit organization

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES CHASITY L. TOLER 


“I refuse.”

For Chasity L. Toler, those two simple words, by all accounts, have greatly given way to a defining moment, of sorts, for this Mid-South-area businesswoman.

For all the right reasons, too.

It all unfolded sometime in November 2013, during which Toler was working diligently in her element as a Parent Educator.

What transpired shortly thereafter had essentially changed the overall landscape of her young life.

TO LEGIT TO QUIT — A native Memphian, Chasity L. Toler has gone to great lengths to become an ambassador for Multiple Sclerosis by establishing the Step by Step Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Foundation, her notable nonprofit organization that went into operations in December 2017 and is centered largely on her ability to educate the masses on this disease.

“I was getting prepared for worked and when I stepped out the restroom, my fiancé stated you had a stroke,” Toler, 44, told Making Headline News during an interview this week.

Consequently, Toler had gone into “shock” and was eventually rushed to a local hospital, a shocking, disheartening turn of events that resulted in her being confined to a hospital bed for approximately one week.

Talk about an emotionally scary sequence that would ultimately cause one to assess just how precious, but fragile, life is.

Still, as far as Toler was concerned, she simply “refused” — refused to view and label her apparent downtrodden situation as a forthcoming death sentence.

MORE ON CHASITY L. TOLER’S STEP BY STEP: https://www.stepbystepmsaf.org/

“I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis,” recalled Toler, uttering the word with such eloquence, yet not knowing what it is in any way, shape, or form.

“I knew nothing about it and had no one to turn to but Google,” Toler, a single mother of two sons (ages 21 and nine) explained. “(There was) no help here in the city. The closest help was in Nashville and they only did a yearly walk, but nothing else.”


“I may have Multiple Sclerosis, but Multiple Sclerosis doesn’t have me. To me, MS stand for Many Successes.” — Chasity L. Toler 


Oddly, Toler recalled like yesterday how she was often informed that the most reasonable support for her condition in a major city such as Memphis was at an area hospice facility.

That, as a result, is when she deemed it essential to take a monumental stance and, most importantly, make a difference in the process.

GREAT COMPANY — Congressman Steve Cohen has been amongst Toler’s biggest supporters since the startup of her nonprofit organization. 

A major difference, to be more technical.

“I refuse,” Toler would often say until she reaped the favorable results she so desperately sought. “I began sharing my journey and testimony on Facebook, and so many individuals started reaching out to me.”

Not only that, this native Memphian had even gone to great lengths to become an ambassador for Multiple Sclerosis by establishing the Step by Step Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Foundation, her notable nonprofit organization that went into operations in December 2017 and is centered largely on her ability to educate the masses on this disease.

YOU GO GIRL!! To Toler’s credit, she’s become a fixture for enlightening others since her diagnosis, most notably the recent launching of her inaugural Step by Step Launch Brunch in April, during which proceeds went to her newly-erected foundation.

According to a detailed breakdown at https://www.mayoclinic.org/, multiple sclerosis — which is widely known also as MS — is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (or central nervous system).

Interestingly, when becoming diagnosed with MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (or myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause the nerves themselves to deteriorate or become permanently damaged.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — According to a detailed breakdown at https://www.mayoclinic.org/, multiple sclerosis — which is widely known also as MS — is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (or central nervous system).

Moreover, signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS, in fact, may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.

To Toler’s credit, she’s become a fixture for enlightening others since her diagnosis, most notably the recent launching of her inaugural Step by Step Launch Brunch in April, during which proceeds went to her newly-erected foundation.

“I love helping and being a listening ear for others that are going through the same thing that I was and some days currently go through,” Toler, a graduate of Memphis Melrose High, said.

THE FACE OF MEMPHIS — “I have met the City of Memphis Mayor (Jim Strickland),” said Toler, who also generated headlines on Congressmen Steve Cohen’s newsletter.

While Toler is steadily devising ways to promote and enhance her nonprofit organization, she certainly appears headed in the right direction.

Amongst the reasons is that her organization services individuals of all ages or, as she acknowledges, “from teens to elderly.”

“Some are mobile and some are not mobile or they need assistants or (are placed) in nursing homes,” said Toler, who holds an Associate’s Degree in Surgical Technology from National College .

Much to delight, Toler doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s destined to view her diagnosis with MS from a positive perspective, a trend that has prompted a few prominent local officials to applaud her valiant efforts.

“I have met the City of Memphis Mayor (Jim Strickland),” said Toler, who also generated headlines on Congressmen Steve Cohen’s newsletter.

WE ALL IN FOR CHASITY — Besides a few local political figures, Toler’s supporting cast is comprised largely of her sons, she said.

“My mission is to empower, equip, improve, and support the quality of life through advocacy and education for all affected by Multiple Sclerosis directly and indirectly,” said Toler, whose organization is preparing to host a fashion show on October 27th at The Haven in Downtown Memphis.

Besides a few local political figures, Toler’s supporting cast is comprised largely of her sons, she said.

“My sons inspire me to push and to fight through it all…seeing my oldest go through depression when I got diagnosed and our life hit rock bottom with losing my job at the time I was diagnosed because Tennessee is an at-will state and they terminated my job,” Toler said. “I heard ‘No’ so much, I just knew a ‘Yes’ was on the way.”

GOD’S PLAN — “I refuse,” Toler would often say until she reaped the favorable results she so desperately sought. “I began sharing my journey and testimony on Facebook, and so many individuals started reaching out to me.”

Indeed it was. And to her credit, it was because she never gave up.

“I refuse,” Toler often says.

Until someone tells her “Yes.”

“You never know how strong you are until you have no choice but to be strong,” Toler said. “I may have Multiple Sclerosis, but Multiple Sclerosis doesn’t have me. To me, MS stand for Many Successes.”

For more information Mid-South-area Businesswoman Chasity L. Toler, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: Chasity Toler. Also, send email to: sbsmsa@outlook.com.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One family at a time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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Germantown Middle scholar athlete Chris Martin excels on and off the court

 

“It’s my favorite thing to do. Nothing makes me happier than putting the ball through the hoop.” — Memphis-area Middle School hoops phenom Chris Martin

 

ONLY BY GOD’S GRACE — A speedy, slim combo guard who’s armed with much promise as a rising youth basketball standout in this hoops-crazed Bluff City area, Germantown Middle School combo guard Christopher Martin, like his older brother, is blessed of the fact that God has strategically spared his mother life, in part so she could witness firsthand his immense strides on and off the court. 

MEMPHIS — In case you don’t know Christopher Martin, allow him to introduce himself.

For starters, Martin (widely known as Chris Martin) is a native Memphian who has emerged as a rather crafty, skillful basketball player, most notably on the amateur circuit.

 

MOTHERLY LOVE — Not only has Martin flourished academically, which has given way to his assuming his rightful place as part of Germantown Middle’s Optional STEM Program, but his keen leadership as the Red Devils’ floor general has inspired his teammates and coaches to name him team captain, something by which his mother finds intriguing and downright gratifying, in large part because, well, her Creator has blessed her to stick around to witness it all unfold.

 

A scholar athlete who has become a fixture both on and off the court in recent years, Martin is the catalyst of Germantown Middle School’s basketball team and, given his notable track record as an amateur athlete, it’s safe to assume his biggest and brightest days are well ahead of him.

Moreover, as a speedy, slim combo guard who’s armed with much promise as a rising youth basketball standout in this hoops-crazed Shelby-Metro area, Martin, like his older brother, is blessed of the fact that God has strategically spared his mother’s life, in large part so she could witness firsthand his immense strides on and off the court.

“I love my mom very much,” said Martin, counting his blessings yet again, a trend by which he’s guilty of exemplifying daily. “She has risked days to go to games and has been basically involved in everything I do. Win or lose, she’s always proud of me, as long as I do my best.”

STAY TUNED. MEMPHISIt is, by all accounts, because of Martin’s constant progress, coupled with his team-first concept that have benefited him mightily as a young student athlete who boasts lofty aspirations of playing at the prep and collegiate levels in the coming years.

It is, by all accounts, because of Martin’s constant progress, coupled with his team-first concept that have benefited him mightily as a young student athlete who boasts lofty aspirations of playing at the prep and collegiate levels in the coming years.

CHRIS’ HOOPS PAGE: http://www.cmballin.com

Not only has he flourished academically, which has given way to his assuming his rightful place as part of Germantown Middle’s Optional STEM Program, but his keen leadership as the Red Devils’ floor general has inspired his teammates and coaches to name him team captain, something by which his mother finds intriguing and downright gratifying, in large part because, well, her Creator has blessed her to stick around to witness it all unfold.

AWWWWWW — “My heart is overjoyed when I see how grateful, loving, and humble he remains,” Lamberth said of her son’s assortment of accolades. “His leadership skills are outstanding and his teammates look up to him and respect him. He does more than just play ball.”

“My heart is overjoyed when I see how grateful, loving, and humble he remains,” Lamberth said of her son’s assortment of accolades. “His leadership skills are outstanding and his teammates look up to him and respect him. He does more than just play ball.”

And, within the next year or so, some local high school-area coach undoubtedly will be fortunate to install Martin — a rather big guard who can create his own shot and certainly has much more growing to do —– to his roster.

Which, after all, means one thing: this hoops-crazed city hasn’t heard the last of him.

“I’m going to keep making good grades and (hopefully) get that Division 1 (scholarship), so one day I can pay (my mother) back for everything she’s done for me to help make my dreams come true,” said Martin, counting his blessings once again.

All while his mother continues to live to see it all unfold.

Just as God intended it to be.

 

 



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