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Memphis entrepreneur Tiffany Roberts believed to be second black woman to own a security firm


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


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HARVEST SEASON UNFOLDING — Surely, Memphian Tiffany Roberts, a single mother of four (Dyllon 15, Jayden 12, Ean 9 and Journi 19 months), won’t find herself stressing any longer, especially if her newly-erected Maximum Protection Agency LLC security company manages to become a fixture throughout the Mid-South and the Tri-State area.

Memphian Tiffany Roberts found herself on the right side of history on Friday.

Before her hundreds of social media followers, Roberts announced that she has delved off into the ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship.
“Well, it’s official. I own my own security company and the best is yet to come,” Roberts wrote in a Facebook post that subsequently generated nearly 500 likes and a slew of congratulatory comments. “No more stressing.”
Surely, Roberts, a single mother of four (Dyllon 15, Jayden 12, Ean 9 and Journi 19 months), won’t find herself stressing any longer, especially if her newly-erected Maximum Protection Agency LLC security company manages to become a fixture throughout the Mid-South and the Tri-State area.

“In my business, this is not law enforcement, but I look at it as a step closer,” Roberts, 35, told Making Headline News late Friday night. “I like the fact that I can help others gain the experience and knowledge about security and law enforcement. I believe that for some it, it is just the beginning if they would like to further their career.”

According to Roberts whom, in recent months, has done some extensive research on African-American women who own similar businesses, she said she is believed to be only the second U. S.-born woman to have become the owner and CEO of a security company.

According to a report at http://financialjuneteenth.com/n-one-security-first-ever-black-woman-owned-security-firm-offering-security-services/, Atlanta’s Mary Parker of All-N-One Security is the first ever black woman to own a security firm, a company that currently employs more than 200 hundred workers.

STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM — For Roberts, it seemed that law enforcement has always grasped her interest, something she said has proven beneficial to her starting a security firm. Prior to starting Maximum Protection Agency, Robert was a district manager for a local security company, during which she acquired an array of knowledge in her selected industry.

For Roberts, a Memphis Kirby High School graduate who holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Remington College, while she’s admittedly appreciative of the public’s reaction in the wake of her newly-established business, she’d be the first to admit to that she’s now has shifted her focus to something much bigger.

“I’m driven by change,” said Roberts, who’s approximately five months away from earning her undergraduate degree. “I have worked, quit a few jobs, and I did not like the operations. I always find things that could be better and always saw how I would implement things to make them better.”

Much to her delight and to her distinctly unique credit, she’s done just that, having put in the essential work, coupled with having met the necessary requirements, all of which have greatly enabled her to fulfill her long-awaited dream as an entrepreneur.

“Daily I would say to myself, ‘Be the change that you want to see,’” Roberts said. “I have always been a go-getter and just needed the extra push from people. Knowing what you want is just a thought until you’re really tired and something has to give. I always knew that I was a boss and I pushed myself until I believed it.”

A company that is headquartered in Memphis, Roberts is presently devising ways to set up branches in every U. S. state.


HISTORIC MILESTONE 

According to Roberts whom, in recent months, has done some extensive research on African-American women who own similar businesses, she said she is believed to be only the second U. S.-born woman to have become the owner and CEO of a security company.

Interestingly, Roberts deemed it essential to issue a notable reminder to other single mothers, particularly those whom, like her, aspire to make their dreams a reality.

“My mission is to show single mothers and other minorities that we are more than just workers,” Roberts said. “If you have dreams, believe in yourself and help them come true.”

For Roberts, it seemed that law enforcement has always grasped her interest, something she said has proven beneficial to her starting a security firm.

Prior to starting Maximum Protection Agency, Robert was a district manager for a local security company, during which she acquired an array of knowledge in her selected industry.

It wasn’t much longer thereafter that she decided to “branch off and do my own thing,” she said.


“I believe that people should do what they love doing,” Roberts said. “My mission is to bring about a change in the community. Turning on the news and seeing crime (in the Mid-South) grow, I know that running from my city will not help change the situation. But I know that raising my children here, I have to change the things around them so that they can have hope.”


Aside from being an ambassador in her native establishment, more than anything, she’s destined to continue to set an example for her children, Roberts emphasized.

For Roberts, a Memphis Kirby High School graduate who holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Remington College, while she’s admittedly appreciative of the public’s reaction in the wake of her newly-established business, she’d be the first to admit to that she’s now has shifted her focus to something much bigger.

“I have to show my children that their mom went after her dreams and left a legacy for them,” said Robert, who also said that while expanding her company, a book is on the horizon. “So my mission is to be the best mom that I can be for them.”

Well said by this thriving, progressive single mother of four whom, to her credit, has found herself on the right side of history.


For more information about Mid-South-area Businesswoman Tiffany Roberts of Maximum Protection Agency LLC, or to inquire about becoming a customer, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/tiffanysorite.roberts. Also, send email to: maximumprotectionagency@gmail.com.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One family at a time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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Memphian Shelandra Ford boasts a huge home field advantage as she lobbies for her first political seat

MEMPHISShelandra Ford is a Memphian.

Born and raised to be technical.

A proud product of North Memphis — the same historic district that has witnessed countless of inner city individuals savor sustained success — Ford attended Shannon Elementary, Cypress Jr. High, and Frayser Kingsbury High Schools before enrolling at nearby Bethel University.

HER TIME IS NOW — A native Memphian and a longtime Shelby County Government employee, Shelandra Ford will be afforded the golden opportunity to add to her quest to assume Register of Deeds in the coming election May 1. The early voting period is from April 11-26.

“I have been here with the people of Shelby County throughout our struggle,” Ford, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said while recalling her upbringing in her native establishment.

For what it’s worth, Ford had deemed it essential somewhere along the way to demonstrate to the citizens of Memphis that she is destined to become an even greater ambassador for a city that is in dire need of change, particularly from a political standpoint.

“It is time to make a change,” Ford has said with such authority time and again on her Facebook page in recent weeks.

It is, by all accounts, because the Memphis-metropolitan area is longing for an array of favorable changes that Ford has announced her quest to assume the Shelby County Register of Deeds seat in the upcoming election.

“Hey, friends and family, I need your support,” Ford said in social media post last week. “I’m the only minority candidate for the Register of Deeds Office.”

If Ford is fortunate enough to attract a majority of the African-American votes when all of the area precincts report their final figures on May 1 (the official election date) then, chances are, she will emerge victorious after vying for her very first political seat on this, the first attempt for the Shelby County Democratic candidate.

The early voting period is from April 11-26.

“Claiming my office,” Ford wrote in a Facebook post just after midday CST on Tuesday.

FIRST PLACE, FIRST TIME — If Ford is fortunate enough to attract a majority of the African-American votes when all of the area precincts report their final figures on May 1 (the official election date) then, chances are, she will emerge victorious after vying for her very first political seat on her first attempt.

In her quest to claim Register of Deeds, she will undoubtedly need thousands of fellow Memphians to help steer her to victory by showing up in massive numbers at the polls in the coming weeks.

If nothing else, amongst the things on which Ford can surely hang her hat is that she’s armed with some much-needed home field advantage, of sorts, as Election Day 2018 looms.

For starters, Ford is currently a Principal Court Clerk for Shelby County Government Civil Court.

In addition, she’s responsible for allocating what is known as an even workflow, during which she customarily interacts with various department managers to ensure that work is completed efficiently and in a timely manner.

A Shelby County Government tenure that spans nearly two decades, Ford’s professional stint officially began on May 21, 1998, during which she served as a Clerical Specialist for the Shelby County Health Department.

LEAST SHE FORGET — Displayed is one of Ford’s favorite quotes, one that was uttered by iconic Civil Rights giant, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To her credit, Ford advanced and worked diligently in several departments for the government, most notably when she was appointed by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners to the Shelby County Unified Personnel Policy Committee as Employee Representative.

DONATE TO SHELANDRA FORD’S CAMPAIGN HERE: https://www.gofundme.com/shelandra-ford-register-of-deeds

AWWWWWW —- Ford’s beloved grandchildren.

Interestingly, Ford is the owner and chief executive officer of the Mid-South-area Creative Graphic Designs, Inc.

As for her quest to assume the Register of Deeds Office, Ford provided the citizens of Shelby County with a strategic, effective synopsis of her notable policies that will include, among other things:

  • Ensuring that any additional IT investments made by the taxpayers of Shelby County are well spent and that her Access for All initiative is her No. 1 priority.
  • Forming a community-based engagement task force that will appropriately explain in great detail the paperwork processes for the Registers Office
  • Working diligently with other Clerk Offices and community groups to ensure all fees are collected for the sole purposes of benefiting taxpayers and,
  • Ensuring that the Register’s Office Staff will have an advocate before the Board of Commissioners, particularly when it comes to wage increases, as well as a strong advocate for ensuring every customer of the Register’s Office is met with respect and treated with dignity.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED — Ford’s mother.

“Again, these are just a few things Ms. Shelandra Ford will implement upon being sworn in on Sept. 1,” a spokesperson for Ford’s campaign told Making Headline News.

Oh, and let’s not forget what Ford appropriately outlined as her assortment of “campaign goals,” which include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Being an advocate for the Shelby County community.
  • Building better communication between the Deeds Office and the people of Shelby County.
  • Creating new, innovative ideas to help educate, empower, and enliven the Shelby County community and,
  • Improving efficiency of database information and providing customer friendly options for filing private documents. 
CAST YOUR VOTE — All things considered, if things go her way during what is shaping up to be an intense campaign for this proud and beloved Memphian, many of Ford’s supporters believe she could very well deny all odds, thus emerge as the next Shelby County Register of Deeds.

All things considered, if things go her way during what is shaping up to be an intense campaign for this proud and beloved Memphian, many of Ford’s supporters believe she could very well deny all odds, thus emerge as the next Shelby County Register of Deeds.

“She’s truly a public servant,” said a spokesperson for Ford’s campaign.

A repetitive catchphrase that, to her credit, has been uttered by Shelby County Government for nearly the past two decades.

Which, fortunately for Ford as she lobbies for her first political seat, is just the kind of unyielding support she needs as she enters this jam-packed race with some much-needed homefield advantage.

Talk about a change for the better for a city she’s pleading to work together.

 

MEMPHIAN SHELANDRA FORD AT A GLIMPSE:

  • Principal Court Clerk with Shelby County General Sessions Civil Court
  • Shelby County Unified Personnel Policy Committee Employee Representative
  • Civil Service positions within Shelby County since 1998
  • “JUST SAY YES” Youth Empowerment Program
  • Owner of Creative Graphic Designs Inc.
  • Kingsbury High School Graduate
  • Bethel University (Class of Summer 2018)
  • Member of Christ In You Faith Temple

 

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

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

 

 

Mid-South-area educator/motivational speaker Michael Scruggs named 2017 Making Headline News Man Of The Year

AN EXCLUSIVE MAKING HEADLINE NEWS 2017 FINALE SPECIAL REPORT

 

If Michael Scruggs has said it once, he’s said it a thousand times, mind you.

“Favor will do what your money cannot do,” Scruggs uttered once again during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News.

NATIONAL CHAMPION — In what was surely a banner year for the ages for the Memphis Central High and University of Memphis alum, news broke earlier this week of Memphian Michael Scruggs’ latest milestone when he was unanimously named Making Headline News 2017 Man of The Year.

To grasp a thorough concept of why Scruggs deems it essential to repeat before the masses an awe-inspiring catchphrase that seems to have become his figurative tattoo, of sorts, look no further than the slew of achievements and accolades he’s acquired throughout a 12-month stretch that undoubtedly will go down as arguably the best of his young life.

A native of Memphis, Scruggs emerged as one of the Mid-South’s most decorated educators-turned-motivational-speakers when he accumulated massive headlines amid his pre-teaching ritual during which he jogs around his classroom chanting “I Am Number One,” all as his students look on in complete wonderment.

To his credit, it is in large because of Scruggs’ spirited, never-say-die countenance that attracted the attention of various national media outlets around the country but, most importantly, it essentially and appropriately gave way to more favor for this brilliantly beloved young ordained minister.

And, in what was surely a banner year for the ages for this Memphis Central High and University of Memphis alum, news broke earlier this week of Scruggs’ latest milestone when he was unanimously named Making Headline News 2017 Man of The Year.

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — Looking ahead, Scruggs doesn’t shy away from the notion that now is the not the time to settle and become relaxed while functioning in his element. Rather now is the time to “continue to allow the Lord to order my steps,” he stressed without hesitation.

As usual, Scruggs didn’t dare lean unto his own understanding while pausing to bask in the glory of the moment.

“The credit definitely goes to God,” Scruggs said after learning of his latest honor. “He is so awesome and amazing. I also credit my mom, because she always believed in me and kept me grounded in God…(Memphis) WREG and Michael Quander for doing a story on me which led to me going viral, my former teachers, mentors, family, friends and every young person I’ve had the pleasure of teaching, impacting and mentoring.”

In assessing this year, Scruggs said amongst his greatest highlights was witnessing his story be thrust on a national stage, most notably through the mainstream media when he generated headlines courtesy of ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, as well as several other national and regional media outlets.

ALWAYS IN THE NEWS — In assessing this year, Scruggs said amongst his greatest highlights was witnessing his story be thrust on a national stage, most notably through the mainstream media when he generated headlines courtesy of ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, CBS, as well as several other national and regional media outlets.

In addition, Scruggs earlier this year was a guest on the nationally syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a development that became the talk of the Bluff City.

“Receiving validation for the work I have been doing behind the scenes with my students for years and being able to bless and impact more young people by proving them with funds and the resources they needed for college,” said Scruggs, when asked to recall a few of his most cherished memories of 2017. “And being able to take my motivational speaking to another level.”

Looking ahead, Scruggs doesn’t shy away from the notion that now is the not the time to settle and become relaxed while functioning in his immeasurable element. Rather, now is the time to “continue to allow the Lord to order my steps,” he stressed without hesitation.

NATIONAL TELEVISION APPEARANCE — Scruggs earlier this year was a guest on the nationally syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a development that became the talk of the Bluff City.

Interestingly, amongst Scruggs’ said his notable ambitions in the foreseeable future is to release his new book, travel around the country for speaking engagements, continue to have a monumental impact on the lives of youths, as well as open a refuge facility for troubled youths at an establishment that has to be determined.

MORE ON MICHAEL SCRUGGS: www.themichaelscruggs.com 

“People see your glory, but they don’t understand your glory,” Scruggs said. “I grew up in the projects, watching others have things that I wanted. I went through so much before all of this happened that I wanted to give up on life.”

Much to his delight, something called favor had ultimately swarmed and overtook his young life much like…well…a potent defensive unit blitzing a quarterback.

Consequently, that’s when Scruggs began to witness and savor the much-anticipated change he desperately sought.

“I told myself that when God blesses me, I’m going to give back,” Scruggs said. “I believe that it takes faith to step out on nothing and to believe that something is there.”

FLOODGATES OF FAVOR — To his credit, it is in large because of Scruggs’ spirited, never-say-die countenance that not attracted the attention of various national media outlets around the country but, most importantly, it essentially and appropriately gave way to more favor for this brilliantly beloved young ordained minister.

After all, if he’s said it once, he’s said it a thousand times, mind you.

“Favor will do what your money cannot do,” Scruggs said.

For probably the umpteenth time.

But who’s really keeping count anyway?

 

 

 

 

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

Andre Johnson is the Founder and Publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or makingheadlinenews@gmail.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

Memphis businesswoman Dorcas A. Patton having an immediate impact as a Total Life Changes independent distributor

ISN’T SHE LOVELY? A Mid-South-area businesswoman, Memphian Dorcas A. Patton is an independent distributor for Total Life Changes, a booming, progressive venture that is designed primarily to enable independent business owners and their customers with a diverse set of products that are easy to sell and healthy to share.

MEMPHIS — Approximately an hour before midday on Saturday, Dorcas A. Patton staged on her Facebook timeline a rather spirited, thought-provoking post.

An image that was accompanied by her photo, Patton’s message before her 5,000 social media friends read: Promote yourself until it pays. They’ll either get mad and delete you, or inspired and support you.

Much to her delight, it’s safe to assume that Patton is enjoying the latter portion of such an intriguing analogy.

A Mid-South-area businesswoman, Patton is an independent distributor for Total Life Changes, a booming, progressive venture that is designed primarily to enable independent business owners and their customers with a diverse set of products that are easy to sell and healthy to share.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS — For Patton, a native Memphian, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that Total Life Changes has — for a lack of better words — changed the overall landscape of her life, most notably from a physical and financial standpoint.

Having officially gone into operations in 1999, Total Life Changes, or TLC as it is widely known, now provides thousands of people around the world with the opportunity to build a brighter future, most notably by way of living and savoring a healthy lifestyle, as well as through the financial freedom and flexibility they seek.

According to a spokesperson for TLC, this internationally-acclaimed business has developed a widely described as a “true sense of family” that is shared by its independent business owners, executive staff, and customer service agents. Moreover, this company is credible in that it customarily provides its members with an unlimited opportunity to grow their business, not to mention develop a network of offices located across the world.

For Patton, a native Memphian, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that Total Life Changes has — for a lack of better words — changed the overall landscape of her life, most notably from a physical and financial standpoint.

And never mind that she one of the Mid-South-area’s newest affiliates of TLC, having joined the globally-acclaimed company a little more than four months ago.

“I always knew that I had a special gift when it came to interacting with people,” Patton told Making Headline News this week.

Credit her success as a Corporate America professional for greatly providing her with the mechanics to create solid rapports and connection with people of various walks of life.

“I never knew the dynamic effect that I had until I became a manager and managed others for over six years,” Patton explained. “By being successful in various managerial positions, it gave me the drive to start my own business and become successful.”

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For what it’s worth, it is due in large part to Patton’s immeasurable experience in managerial leadership that has greatly given way to her not eluding business-related competition, but rather thoroughly welcoming it.

“I realized that competition is actually great because it gives you the drive for self-improvement (and causes you to become) smarter with your resources and wiser with your marketing,” Patton said.

For someone who is essentially a newcomer to Total Life Changes, it seems that Patton has quickly emerged as a gifted and resourceful saleswoman, in large part because, well, she seems to be empowered with the gift of customer service.

“Only four months and I’ve made over $1,000,” said Patton, who joined TLC in mid-summer amid the suggestion of her best friend, Letita Alexander.

Interestingly, aside from exemplifying solid professionalism as one of TLC’s newest distributors, Patton acknowledged that more than anything, she’s been blessed to change lives — one life at a time.

“On a daily basis, I have the ability to help change someone else’s life,” Patton, a Memphis Ridgeway High alum, said. “I love to see people feeling good about themselves, and I’ve always enjoyed encouraging others. This business is perfect for my love for people and my outgoing personality.”

A TOTAL LIFE GAME CHANGER –— Interestingly, aside from exemplifying solid professionalism as one of TLC’s newest distributors, Patton acknowledged that more than anything, she’s been blessed to change lives — one life at a time.

Simply put, it starts with steadfastly displaying a heart for people, Patton appropriately hinted.

“You have to have a love for others in this line of work,” said Patton, adding that her healthy products are available for individuals ages five and up.

Now that she has found her niche through TLC, Patton said plans are presently in the works for her to build on her brand.

Her brand as in a thriving, flourishing businesswoman, that is.

“Because people need to be loved and know how important their health is,” said Patton, adding that a tea party she’s hosting is  forthcoming at a date that has yet to be announced. “Sometimes all a person needs is for someone to help them, give them that push to move forward without doubt and fear. Feeling good about who you are is so important and is extremely good for your overall health.”

For more information about Dorcas A. Patton or to order Total Life Changes products, send email to: dorcaspatton@gmail.com or connect with her via social media under “Dorcas A. Patton.”

 

 

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

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Days from celebrating her 80th birthday, Memphis mom expresses gratitude in her daughter’s upcoming milestone

DESTINY STEPS — The youngest of 15 children, Memphian Gayle Johnson Morrow will be amongst a throng of candidates for diplomas when she earns her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources during the University of Phoenix’s commencement exercises Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

DALLAS — Chances are, Edward Johnson, Sr. broke away from his post in heaven, peeped through the clouds, then smiled at what had unfolded last weekend.

That’s because his baby girl, during a pre-graduation celebratory gathering that was comprised of a gallery of family members, friends and close acquaintances, was just days away from making some family history, of sorts.

“I think he would be so excited,” Vernice Johnson, during a telephone interview with Making Headline News Wednesday morning from Memphis, said of her late husband, when asked how she thought he would have reacted had he lived to witness the forthcoming graduation of their daughter, Gayle Johnson Morrow. “I think he would be beside himself to see his baby daughter.”

The youngest of 15 children, Morrow will be amongst a throng of candidates for diplomas when she earns her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources during the University of Phoenix’s commencement exercises Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

BUILT FOR GREATNESS — For Morrow, while earning a college degree will come as virtually no surprise to anyone, considering the Memphis Northside High alum was a fixture in making the honor roll “from Kindergarten through twelfth grade” according to her mother, such a milestone undoubtedly is a long time coming.

For Morrow, while earning a college degree will come as virtually no surprise to anyone, considering the 1992 Memphis Northside High graduate was a fixture in making the honor roll “from Kindergarten through twelfth grade” according to her mother, such a milestone undoubtedly is a long time coming.

As Johnson explained, for years, her daughter — although her academic track record was such that she was equipped to adjust to and master college life — essentially had put off enrolling in college, in large part because she was often labeled a nerd for as long as she could recall.

Consequently, Dr. Rebecca Guy, a former University of Memphis professor and close friend to the Johnson family, often encouraged Morrow to strongly consider pursuing higher education because, according to Morrow’s mother, she had “all those brains.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

Years removed from having filled out an application and being granted admission, years removed having declared a major, years removed from having earned her first A, years removed from having endured sleepless nights to study for mid-term and final exams, Morrow is just a few days away from earning higher education’s most covenant prize — a college degree.

MORE ON UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX: https://www.phoenix.edu

GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY — As Johnson explained, for years, her daughter — although her academic track was such that she was equipped to adjust and master college life — essentially had put off enrolling in college, in large part because she was often labeled a nerd for as long as she could recall.

“I thank God that she had a mind to go and to have the mind to go and be blessed,” Johnson, who turns 80 August 17, said.  “Dr. Guy once said, ‘Gayle, you have all those brains and I don’t know why you won’t go to college.’ But I thank God that she had a mind to go after having two children.”

That Morrow and her siblings were raised in a mostly Christian-oriented environment where assigned responsibilities were strictly enforced has contributed mightily to her academic success, Johnson acknowledged.

As for the constant “nerd” name-calling that essentially delayed Morrow’s quest for adding a college degree to her notable academic resume, come Saturday morning when her name is uttered through the loudspeakers by the dean of her college, such trash talk will have become a distant memory.

MORE IRONY — That Morrow’s celebratory event took place on what would have been her father’s 91st birthday was another reason her mother couldn’t dare take a rain check after an exhausting week in which she had attended church each night. Johnson will celebrate her 80th birthday August 17.

Given the festive, exuberant turnout last weekend during Morrow’s pre-graduation celebration, it’s safe to assume it already has.

“She said, ‘I’m so sick of these children (calling me a nerd),’” Johnson said. “But she was tired of just being a high school graduate. She wants to make more money, and there were a lot of things she wasn’t qualified for. She knew she needed to go (to college). She was determined. She wouldn’t give up.”

IT WAS ALL WORTH IT — Years removed from filling out an application and being granted admission, years removed having declared a major, years removed from having earned her first A, years removed having endured sleepless nights to study for mid-term and final exams, Morrow is just a few days away from earning higher education’s most covenant prize — a college degree.

That Morrow’s celebratory event took place on what would have been her father’s 91st birthday was another reason Johnson couldn’t fathom taking a rain check after an exhausting week in which she had attended church each night.

“I was so excited,” Johnson said. “I was so tired. But I couldn’t miss that event and miss my baby child, who made it through.”

If Morrow’s father was alive, chances are he would have echoed those sentiments, her mother said.

“He would have kind of wanted to stick his chest out,” Johnson said.

Considering what is about to take place on Saturday, that her father likely broke away from his post in heaven, peeped through the clouds, then smiled surely was the appropriate response toward his baby girl, who is on the brink of making some family history, of sorts.

 

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTE TO GAYLE JOHNSON MORROW: 

 

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Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former 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.

 

Memphis’ Faith Temple Ministries COGIC to celebrate its Scholarship Fund’s 25 years of existence this weekend

MEMPHIS — Mary Owens is all about higher education.

Take, for instance, how some 2 ½ decades ago, Owens, a longtime member of Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ in Memphis, had become engaged in what was a pretty enthralling conversation with a few individuals during a women’s trip.

As Owens recalls, that’s when the notable concept of establishing a church scholarship fund had arose.

Kenneth Clancy, Bolton High School Class of 2017

“I put forth the challenge while talking across the aisle of the bus to the women that were in hearing distance,” Owens told Making Headline News this week. “We agreed that having a scholarship fund for our graduates would be great. And I said the one to establish it should be Lou Hoskin.”

Hoskin, a former member of Faith Temple, consequently served as director of the scholarship ministry for a number of years. Owens, meanwhile, has been director since 2005 and, come Sunday, she and rest of the FTMC membership will celebrate the Scholarship Fund’s 25th year of existence during a special worship service at 10 a.m. at 5191 Elvis Presley Boulevard.

Alonzo Grant IV, Houston High School Class of 2017

A licensed evangelist, Sunday School teacher, trustee member, the Reading Enhancement Program director as well as advisor for the Children’s Church, Owens admittedly finds great pleasure in overseeing a ministry that was officially established in 1992, in large part because witnessing high school graduates become the beneficiaries of monies raised by the church serves as a precursor, of sorts, to higher educational excellence.

“It’s an awesome and challenging job working with young people,” Owens, a full-time Mid-South-area realtor, said. “I have been working with young people for many years at Faith Temple. That’s my ministry to teach and train the next generation.”

Jordan Wright, Germantown High Class of 2017

As for the feeling that comes with contributing mightily to the future of those who have fulfilled the essential requirements to earn a scholarship, Owens emphasized that while playing such a role is what she deems as “just a start,” she is especially grateful whenever recipients accomplish such a feat as what will unfold Sunday as they prepare to make the lofty transition from high school to college.

“(We’re) calling, texting, making sure they can get a way to the church, encouraging them to keep God first always,” Owens said of the committee’s efforts in aiding youngsters to meet the church-mandated requirements for scholarships. “Also, the sky is the limit in Jesus Christ.”

While celebrating its Scholarship Ministry for 25 years of dedicatory service, Faith Temple will welcome its newest recipients for the Class of 2017.

A native of Grady, Arkansas, Andrew Jackson, Sr. founded Faith Temple in 1969. His son, Ivory Jackson, Sr. (pictured with his wife, Lisa) is the current Senior Pastor, the church’s second since its inception.

Acquiring scholarships this year will be Bolton High’s Kenneth Clancy, Houston High’s Alonzo Grant IV, and Germantown High’s Jordan Wright.

Clancy and Grant IV will enroll at nearby Southwest Tennessee Community College this fall. Wright has yet to decide on a school.

When asked what is so special about how FTMC has kept its Scholarship Ministry active for such a lengthy period of time, Owens credited Andrew Jackson, Sr., the church’s founder who served as Senior Pastor for 47 years until his retirement last June.

A native of Grady, Arkansas, Jackson, Sr. founded Faith Temple in 1969. His son, Ivory Jackson, Sr., is the current Senior Pastor, the church’s second since its inception.

FOLLOW FAITH TEMPLE: https://www.ftmc.us/

“The reason for the longevity I think is (because of) our founder, whom you know believes in educating us in the word and he wants our young people to excel in higher learning,” Owens said. “Also the scholarship committee — present and past — are still working to keep it going. Last but not least, the Faith Temple Ministries Church family keeps giving and we give great thanks to them all.”

 

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Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson is the former chief adjutant to Elder Andrew Jackson, Sr. of Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

Mid-South-area businessman Dwayne Chaffen, Jr. striving to turn Memphis into an ‘information technology powerhouse’

TEN-NES-SEE THIS BOOMING BUSINESS — A native of Memphis, Dwayne Chaffen, Jr., 32, is owner and chief executive officer of Embrytech, an up-and-coming information technology-based venture that offers, among other things, digital marketing and IT consulting services for a variety of industries.

MEMPHISDwayne Chaffen, Jr. is only keeping it real.

During an interview this week with Making Headline News, Chaffen, Jr., an accomplished Memphis-based businessman who has appropriately found his niche in the ever-so-competitive information technology industry, explained in great detail what obviously is a downward trend, of sorts, particularly as it pertains to African-Americans becoming actively engaged in the prominent Silicon Valley Big Tech companies.

“I would like to say that many people may not realize it, but it is a statistical fact that many of our Silicon Valley Big Tech companies such as Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Intel, and Google workforce is less than two percent black,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Black people are highly misrepresented within the IT industry.”

GETTIN’ IN WHERE HE FIT IN — Chaffen, Jr. strongly believes that with his flourishing business, he possess the tools and knowledge to bring about change, most notably for the betterment of minorities in what has become an extremely competitive industry.

For what it’s worth and to his distinct credit, that minorities have very little presence in what surely is a booming and popular industry is what has fueled Chaffen, Jr.’s competitive drive to establish his own IT-oriented business, one he hopes will become a fixture throughout the Mid-South and surrounding areas — much sooner than later.

A native of Memphis, Chaffen, Jr., 32, is owner and chief executive officer of Embrytech, an up-and-coming information technology-based venture that offers, among other things, digital marketing and IT consulting services for a variety of industries.

A company that is a little more than eight months removed from its much-anticipated inception, Embrytech is making an array of pivotal strides, in large part because Chaffen, Jr. is armed with a wealth of experience as one of the Mid-South’s youngest and most energetic IT professionals.

MAN ON A MISSION — “My personal mission is to serve my clients with the spirit of excellence,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Every business owner deserves to know how technology can add to their bottom line, and Embrytech is the perfect company to explain this to them. My goal is to grow Embrytech into an information technology powerhouse that will be around for all future generations to come.”

“We’ve got the necessary tools and expertise to help you grow your business successfully,” said Chaffen, Jr., who boasts more than a decade of information technology experience along with having earned an Associate’s Degree in Computer Networking Systems from Memphis’ ITT-Tech. “We partner with our clients to develop engaging digital marketing strategies, design high quality and scalable solutions, and build rich brand experiences. All of that simply means our efforts translate into creating more customers for you and increasing your bottom line.”

And here’s the real kicker, Chaffen, Jr. is quick to point out.

“And the best part is that your business get to keep 100 percent of our efforts,” he said. “We work for you.”

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — A company that is a little more than eight removed from its inception, Embrytech is making an array of pivotal strides, in large part because Chaffen, Jr. is armed with a wealth of experience as one of the Mid-South youngest and most energetic IT professional.

In addition, Chaffen, Jr. strongly believes that with his flourishing business, he possesses the essential tools and knowledge to bring about some much-needed change, most notably for the betterment of minorities in what has become an extremely competitive industry.

WHAT ABOUT EMBRYTECH? https://www.embrytech.com/

“Embrytech is working to change that,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “I am not looking to socially diversify or integrate with Silicon Valley, although we will welcome collaboration. I am looking to break the mold, obliterate the stereotypes, and create my own Silicon Valley right here in my home town of Memphis.”

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Chaffen, Jr. is so passionate about having a major impact through his chosen industry in the Mid-South and surrounding areas, look no further than the information technology talent this Memphis Mitchell High graduate has witnessed in the Bluff City in recent years.

“There are many bright IT minds right here in my own back yard,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Memphis is named America’s Aerotropolis, where runways, roads, rails, and the river merge.”

Not to mention a major establishment that houses a slew of Fortune 500 Companies, Chaffen, Jr. added.

“Memphis is home to FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper, Service Master, Mueller Industries, Fred’s Discount Store, and an assortment of transportation and logistics companies,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “I and my company, Embrytech, are not only willing to solve a client’s technical issues, but also willing to collaborate with other organizations to help turn Memphis into a technical powerhouse.”

With his unyielding passion and purpose, coupled with his solid body of work and experience as a veteran IT professional, it’s safe to assume that Chaffen, Jr. and Embrytech’s biggest and brightest days are well ahead of them.

“My personal mission is to serve my clients with the spirit of excellence,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Every business owner deserves to know how technology can add to their bottom line, and Embrytech is the perfect company to explain this to them. My goal is to grow Embrytech into an information technology powerhouse that will be around for all future generations to come.”

He’s not bragging, mind you.

He’s only keeping it real.

 

For more information about Memphis businessman Dwayne Chaffen, Jr., contact him at www.embrytech.com, at Facebook.com/embrytech, or follow him on Instagram @dchaffen.

 

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

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

 

 

Mid-South-area business owner Velinda Humphreys reinforces the importance of entrepreneurship to her daughter in sluggish economic market

MOTHERLY LOVE — To grasp a broader understanding of why Memphis businesswoman Diarah Humphreys has become inspired to shift her focus to that of a full-time entrepreneur, look no further than the valiant contributions rendered by her mother, Velinda Humphreys, a longtime businesswoman who delved off into entrepreneurship a little more than two decades ago. Diarah is owner and chief operating officer of Chick A Dee’s Pastries And Things, a business that went full throttle shortly after she graduated from Southwind High in 2012.

As far as Diarah Humphreys is concerned, it’s not a matter of, “Why me?”

Rather, it’s a matter of, “Why not me?”

“The world we live in today is based off of working for yourself, so why not?” Humphreys told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “To able to do what I love and in my own setting means everything to me.”

The 22-year-old Humphreys is alluding in large part to her newly-established venture as owner and chief operating officer of Chick A Dee’s Pastries And Things, a business that went full throttle shortly after she graduated from Southwind High School in 2012.

“When I first started baking, I didn’t think that I would still be intrigued and interested in it the way that I am now,” Humphreys said. “It was just something to do.”

YOU GO GIRL!!! Fortunately for Diarah, things appear to go holding up favorably for this young, progressive businesswoman, whose professional baking business is in its infancy stages. According to Velinda Humphreys, who routinely promotes and pushes her daughter’s business via social media, plans are effectively underway to locate a building where Diarah can better enhance her brand.

Today, Humphreys’ up-and-coming, made-from-scratch desserts business essentially has become a way of life, primarily because it has become her livelihood for the most part.

To grasp a broader concept of why Humphreys has become inspired to shift her focus to that of a full-time entrepreneur, look no further than the valiant contributions rendered by her mother, Velinda Humphreys, a longtime businesswoman, who delved off into entrepreneurship a little more than two decades ago.

Velinda Humphreys, 43, is owner and CEO of Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare, a mobile beauty salon designed to service elderly individuals as well as those who are unable to leave the confines of their homes and visit salons the traditional way.

HOW YA LIKE ME NOW? Velinda Humphreys, 43, is owner and CEO of Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare, a mobile beauty salon designed to service elderly individuals as well as those who are unable to leave the confines of their homes and visit salons the traditional way.

Considering she and her daughter’s businesses are based in a Memphis economic landscape that is deemed amongst the worst the country, Velinda Humphreys said she has always stressed to her daughter the importance of starting a credible business, especially since for someone as young she is, higher education isn’t something she wanted to pursue — at least not right now.

According to a March 30 report in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, for instance, the unemployment rate in the Memphis-metropolitan area for February was at 5.1 percent, slightly higher than the five percent of one year ago, according to some preliminary government statistics.

Such figures came as no surprised to Velinda Humphreys, a professional cosmetologist whose notable career spans more than 25 years.

 “Oftentimes, people will not pay you what you are worth,” Velinda Humphreys explained. “They are only out for self. Companies do not value employees’ hard work. I’m not going to say all (companies) but most. I always told both of my children — I have an older son also — ‘If you are not going to go to college, at least get a trade.’ My son went off to college, but still wants to be an entrepreneur.  I always knew my daughter would not (enroll in a) four year college. I did not sway her either way. I believe in allowing them to make their own decisions with guidance and research.”

Fortunately for Diarah, things appear to go holding up favorably for this young, progressive businesswoman, although her professional baking business is in its infancy stages.

According to Velinda Humphreys, who routinely promotes and pushes her daughter’s business via social media,  plans are effectively underway to locate a building where Diarah can better enhance her brand.

Talk about having an influential impact.

“I have wanted my own (business) for a while, but I was afraid,” Velinda Humphreys said. “That’s why I told my daughter to go for what’s she wants now while she is young. Nothing fails (except not trying), but you have to take that jump. You are not guaranteed tomorrow and there is no time like the present.”

That Diarah has masterfully heeded the advice of her mother, coupled with her steadfast desire to enjoy sustained success as a young business owner, Velinda is confident her daughter’s best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

COMBATING THE ODDS — Considering she and her daughter’s businesses are based in a Memphis economic landscape that is deemed one of the worst the country, Velinda Humphreys said she has always stressed to her daughter the importance of starting a credible business, especially since for someone as young she is, education isn’t something she wanted to pursue.

“(I tell her to), ‘Go for your goals while you’re young and still able,’” Velinda said. “I had my children (at a young age) and my plans had been altered. But she doesn’t have kids.”

All of which essentially sums up why as a young entrepreneur, Diarah can do what she wants when she wants to.

“Things can be ran how you want them to be with no questions asked, knowing there is no one above you to tell you otherwise,” Diarah said of being her own boss. “That’s the beauty of it. There are jobs all around (Memphis), but to do something that you’re passionate about is a career, and what better way to have a career when it’s ran by you.”

So why not her?

 

 

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

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

Memphis author Stacie Boyce Page’s ‘Unidentified Stalker: Close To Death’ drawing constant rave reviews

YOU GO GIRL!!! A 1986 Memphis Ridgeway High graduate, Mid-South-area author Stacie Boyce Page said her vision for producing her book began with her jotting down a few notes on paper. One thing eventually led to another, ultimately leading to the birthing of her very first book.

For Stacie Boyce Page, that God had strategically allowed her to cross paths with Divine Excellence Consulting was — for a lack of better words — divine intervention.

To her credit, such a notable development — a much-anticipated breakthrough, if you will — essentially has given way to her taking another monumental step toward fulfilling her divine destiny.

“God gave me the vision to write this book about two or three years ago maybe longer,” Page, a native Memphian, told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

The book to which Page is alluding is her dazzling debut project entitled, “Unidentified Stalker: Close To Death.”

Besides Amazon.com, “Unidentified Stalker: Close To Death” can also be purchased at Barnesandnoble.com, Booksamillion.com, and Createspace.com.

“This book is passionately and thoughtfully written and is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seats,” said a spokesperson for Page’s book in a review at Amazon.com.

The pre-published version of Page’s book was completed on January 17, the same month of that is reserved for National Stalking Awareness.

Interesting enough, this book, given the fictional characters’ mesmerizing connection and love affair, figures to serve as a measuring tool, of sorts, for real life couples, particularly those who are facing a similar intense ordeal.

Besides Amazon.com, “Unidentified Stalker: Close To Death” can also be purchased at Barnesandnoble.com, Booksamillion.com, and Createspace.com.

GOD’S LEADING LADY — Page, a devout woman of faith, diligently obeyed God’s voice and, as a result, her remarkably dazzling book is three months removed from having its much-anticipated appearance on the market.

A 1986 Memphis Ridgeway High graduate, Page said her vision for producing her book began with her jotting down a few notes on paper. One thing eventually led to another, ultimately leading to the birthing of her very first book.

PURCHASE STACIE’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1542951992/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdb_SGXazb8NBVVJM.

“I began to write my book about two or three years ago, but as you know, life got in the way and my book got put to the side until I was ready,” said Page, a Corporate America professional who’s been married since March 2012. “The book I was actually going to write about was my life.”

As it turned it, though, God had another distinctly unique assignment with which He entrusted her to execute.

Page, a devout woman of faith, diligently obeyed God’s voice and, as a result, her remarkably dazzling book is three months removed from having made its much-anticipated appearance on the market.

“I just felt I still have some more things to accomplish before I tell my story because I am not at the end of it yet,” said Page, explaining the purpose for her book.

The pre-published version of Page’s book was completed on January 17, the same month that is reserved for National Stalking Awareness.

“I did not plan it that way,” said Page, explaining the irony in finishing her book’s initial draft. “I was really aiming toward finishing so I could be involved in my first book signing event.”

KNOWING HER WORTH — Although the early feedback surrounding “Unidentified Stalker: Close To Death” has drawn a some mixed reactions, the general consensus amongst readers is that Page has executed a masterful showing with her latest project.

That book signing, Page said, is scheduled to take place in Anderson, South Carolina at a date to be announced.

Although the early feedback surrounding “Unidentified Stalker: Close To Death” has drawn a some mixed reactions, the general consensus amongst readers is that Page has executed a masterful showing with her latest project.

“This is actually my first published book and I can say that I did very well with this being my very first book,” Page said.

As for the single, most underlying message she’s aiming to send to her audience, well, that message is pretty simple, she emphasized.

“(We must) be aware of your surroundings and the people that you have in your life,” Page said. “There are signs that we see, but we refuse to see what is right in front of our faces.”

 

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

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