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Mid-South couple wrote and produced an R&B song that’s igniting a buzz around Memphis

DALLAS — Christopher Wade and Kimberly King first crossed paths nearly three decades ago at John P. Freeman Jr. High, during which they were members of the school’s choir.

Today, their bond is as close as it’s ever been.

Having formed a courtship a little more than two years ago, Wade and King have collectively put their musical talents on display, courtesy of a newly-produced song entitled, “Love Is A Gift.”

LOVE AND MUSIC 

REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD — Christopher Wade and Kimberly King first crossed paths nearly three decades ago at John P. Freeman Jr. High, during which they were members of the school’s choir. Together, the couple deemed it essential to write and produce a song they sense will reignite a positive outlook in a world they sense have become much more unattached and self-absorbed in recent years.
A native of Memphis, King has been an accomplished songwriter for quite some time, she told Making Headline News Friday morning.

Wade, also a native Memphian, has been writing and singing for the past 19 years.

Together, the couple deemed it essential to write and produce a song they sense will reignite a positive outlook in a world they sense has become much more unattached and self-absorbed in recent years.


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MAD SKILLS — Widely known as “Swade,” Wade also has an extended play available at Www.swadedaphoenix.bandcamp.com.

Produced by Memphian Jonathan Davenport of EBJ Entertainment, the “Love Is A Gift” digital track has been officially released and is available for only $1.29 at https://swadedaphoenix.bandcamp.com/releases.

Widely known as “Swade,” Wade also has an extended play available at Www.swadedaphoenix.bandcamp.com.

“I just started my journey as a songwriter,” King, much to her delight, told MHN.

Interestingly, it is a journey she and Wade hope eventually catches the R & B music world by storm — much sooner than later.


“This song was written because the world is in such a bad place morally and spiritually,” said King, explaining the direct message she and Wade are aiming to send through an R&B hit that was recently thrust in rotation on Memphis’ 103.5 WRBO. “We are trying to bring true love with a real R&B feel back in 2019.”


THEY DID THAT — A song the couple needed somewhere in the neighborhood of 24 hours to compose — they wrote it December 13 and recorded it the very next day — “Love Is A Gift” surfaced in the wake of several conversations between Wade and King.

Though “Love Is A Gift” made its radio debut during the holiday season and is centered in large part on Christmas, King said the song is accompanied by what she describes as a “universal message,” meaning listeners can play it “all year round,” she acknowledged.

“The audience will be blessed by the feeling of love…to turn their minds off the world for a minute and feel good,” King said.

A song the couple needed somewhere in the neighborhood of 24 hours to compose — they wrote it December 13 and recorded it the very next day — “Love Is A Gift” surfaced in the wake of several conversations between Wade and King.

The rest, as they say, was history.

“It was easy to assemble the song,” said King, adding that other collaborative music projects are forthcoming.


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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.

St. Louis author/educator Seletha Tucker attracting a wave of media coverage with four books and counting


MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES SELETHA TUCKER


DALLAS — Seletha Marie Head Tucker’s authorship resume is such that she’s walking steadfastly in the divine purpose for which God created her.

Especially during a notable stretch that spans somewhere in the neighborhood of six years.

That’s because between October 2012 and August 2018, Tucker has assembled four awe-inspiring books, her latest of which figures to advance the kingdom mightily, much sooner than later.


TEACHER’S BOOK FAIR 

DESTINY STEPS — Between October 2012 and August 2018, St. Louis author Seletha Marie Head Tucker has assembled four awe-inspiring books, her latest of which figures to advance the kingdom mightily, much sooner than later.

A St. Louis-based writer — by way of Memphis — Tucker’s latest book is entitled, “When You Go To The Pit Of Hell To Find a Husband: Where’s My Boaz?”

A spiritually gut-checking written document that is comprised of 114 pages, Tucker’s “When You Go To The Pit Of Hell To Find a Husband: Where’s My Boaz?” is approximately four months removed from its much-anticipated release, a project this Christian-based author acknowledged had come full circle amid much reflection and brainstorming.


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A MUST READ — A spiritually gut-checking written document that is comprised of 114 pages, Tucker’s “When You Go To The Pit Of Hell To Find a Husband: Where’s My Boaz?” is approximately four months removed from its much-anticipated release, a project this Christian-based author acknowledged was proceeded by much reflection and brainstorming.

“I began to think about some of the things that I have been through and others have gone through, and God began to deal with me about telling my story to help others women, not just single (women), but those who feel like they have to go all out to find a husband,” Tucker told Making Headline News this week. “You hear so much about women trying to find their Boaz when the Bible says, ‘he that finds a wife, finds a good thing and obtains favor of the Lord.’”

To her credit, Tucker has gone to great lengths through her latest book to caution women, most notably those who harbor the lofty expectation of attracting what they describe as that “perfect man” or their “Boaz,” as she appropriately singles out in her newest book.


“Many want that man to be the perfect guy, coming to them and often they are not prepared for that man, because of past relationships, hurts, and even soul ties. I want to encourage women and also help them understand what can happen when you don’t seek God for yourself and also prepare yourself for being a spouse.” — Author Seletha Marie Head Tucker 


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PRAY WITHOUT CEASING — A 44-page written document, Tucker’s “It’s Time to Pray: Lord, Teach Us How to Pray” has been overwhelming dubbed a “must read,” considering it is a rather uplifting book filled with fervent prayers, many of which are accompanied by what this writer refers to as “promises to inspire, encourage, uplift, and to give you strength to make it one more day,” according to a spokesperson for Tucker’s book in an Amazon.com synopsis.

Prior to connecting with her vision to assemble a “When You Go To The Pit Of Hell To Find a Husband: Where’s My Boaz?” book that was officially released on August 2, Tucker had authored three other books.

A longtime educator, Tucker made her authorship debut in October 2012 when she witnessed the release of her first book entitled, “It’s Time to Pray: Lord, Teach Us How to Pray.”

A 44-page written document, Tucker’s “It’s Time to Pray: Lord, Teach Us How to Pray” has been overwhelming dubbed a “must read,” considering it is a rather uplifting book filled with fervent prayers, many of which are accompanied by what this writer refers to as “promises to inspire, encourage, uplift, and to give you strength to make it one more day,” according to a spokesperson for Tucker’s book in an Amazon.com synopsis.


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Officially released on August 6, 2013, Tucker’s “A Hat For Melinda: Fighting Leukemia Together” is a book that is dedicated exclusively for children ranging in ages four-to-eight years of age and depicts the life of the characters, Melinda and Andrea, both of whom had been friends for years.

In a nutshell, Tucker’s initial book is comprised mostly of prayers for practically every occasion, special days, or even that special person in your life, she acknowledged.

Then there is Book No. 2, this one that is entitled, “A Hat For Melinda: Fighting Leukemia Together.”

Officially released on August 6, 2013, Tucker’s “A Hat For Melinda: Fighting Leukemia Together” is a book that is dedicated exclusively to children ranging in ages four-to-eight years of age and it depicts the life of the characters, Melinda and Andrea, both of whom had been friends for years.


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Not to be outdone, Tucker assembled “Stephen’s Presentation: Learning About Sickle Cell Anemia,” a 38-page project that made its presence on the market on December 2, 2014.

While anxiously awaiting the last days of school before summer, Andrea finds that Melinda is not in school. What happens will both amaze and excite you as you learn about the importance of true friendship, according to a spokesperson for Tucker’s “A Hat For Melinda: Fighting Leukemia Together” at Amazon.com.

Not to be outdone, Tucker then assembled “Stephen’s Presentation: Learning About Sickle Cell Anemia,” a 38-page project that made its presence on the market on December 2, 2014.

For Tucker, an elementary school teacher in St. Louis metropolitan area who has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, she always sensed that she would ultimately delve off into the ever-so-competitive world of authorship.

STAY TUNED — Interestingly, Tucker announced that a published memoir dedicated to her mother and father — which will include pictures and stories about her childhood along with pictures of each of her siblings — is presently in the works.

Given the immeasurable strides she made during a six-year time span, it’s safe to assume she’s undoubtedly found her niche as an accomplished author.

“I began writing years ago and started sending out prayers,” said Tucker, who’s currently pursuing a Master’s in Special Education.” One of my sisters and husband suggested writing a book of prayers and I finally did in October 2012.

GOD’S LEADING LADY — Given the immeasurable strides she made during a six-year time span, it’s safe to assume she’s undoubtedly found her niche as an accomplished author.

Interestingly, Tucker announced that a published memoir dedicated to her mother and late father — which will include pictures and stories about her childhood along with pictures of each of her siblings — is presently in the works.

That’s not all, said Tucker, whose authorship tenure has given away to her having attracted a wave of exposure through the mainstream media.

“I am in the midst of publishing my first novel, which should be out by the beginning of the year entitled, ‘Cotton Pickin Southern Belle,’” Tucker said.


For more information about St. Louis-area Author  Seletha Marie Head Tucker, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: https://www.facebook.com/seletha.tucker. Also, send email to: selethatucker@yahoo.com.


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Mid-South Corporate America professional Tonia Wynette relishing her vision as a Life Coach/Motivational Speaker

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES TONIA WYNETTE 


We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. (Romans 15:1 NLT)


Just recently, on a Friday morning just after 10 a. m. CST in the third week of September, Tonia Wynette had just arrived to work and was in the process of getting settled in.

Just as she was about to begin her day, she suddenly began to hear from God unlike never before.

For what it’s worth, this accomplished and resourceful Corporate America professional had no choice but to pause and lend her ear to that about which was directed toward her.

DESTINY STEPS UNFOLDING — A native of Piperton — a rural town that is housed in Fayette County, Tennessee and is comprised of roughly 1,445 residents, according to the latest U. S, census — Tonia Wynette announced recently her strategic plans to carry out her long-awaited vision as a Life Coach/Motivational Speaker.

“With obstacles comes progress,” a dear friend told Wynette during a phone conversation as she tuned in with pure wonderment.

And just like that, Wynette essentially was introduced to the purpose for which God created, was officially introduced to a lofty, God-mandated assignment she sensed would ultimately come to fruition at some point in time.

As it turned out, that point in time is now.

“I’ve always been a nurturer…a bit selfless. I love making others feel good,” Wynette told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “It breaks my heart when I hear people talk down on themselves. If I see sadness in your eyes, I feel obligated to help you to see that there’s something to be grateful for, something to smile about.”

It is due in large part to Wynette’s bend-but-don’t-break faith, coupled with her fervent desire to esteem others highly than herself, that she is thoroughly convinced she’s destined to tackle and embrace yet another awe-inspiring venture at this stage in her life.  

A native of Piperton who grew up as a P. K. (widely known as a Preacher’s Kid) — a rural town that is housed in Fayette County, Tennessee and is comprised of roughly 1,445 residents, according to the latest U. S, census — Wynette announced recently her strategic plans to carry out her long-awaited vision as a Life Coach/Motivational Speaker.

For Wynette, 39, it is an endeavor that essentially had been in the works for some time. Now she’s persuaded the time has come to exercise her faith because, after all, faith without works is dead.

FAITH ON TRIAL — For Wynette, 39, it is an endeavor that essentially had been in the works for some time. Now she’s persuaded the time has come to exercise her faith because, after all, faith without works is dead.

“(I aspire to) help uplift and build others, to create an atmosphere where you can come and be yourself. “(I want to) to help you become comfortable with being who you are, to offer a safe place to show your vulnerabilities, and to do all within my power to help rid you of all of the hurt, pain, resentment, uncertainty, low self-esteem, etc., that holds you back and keeps you from being the person God intended you to be.” — Tonia Wynette 


If anyone can greatly attest to all sorts of spiritual roadblocks, Wynette undoubtedly can. In fact, given the awesome assignment to which she has been introduced, she doesn’t seem to mind sharing before the world her assortment of past hurdles and obstacles, these seemingly discomforting occurrences that have molded and developed and positioned her to possess the best that God had in store from her from the outset.

SHE’S STILL STANDING — It is due in large part to Wynette’s bend-but-don’t-break faith, coupled with her fervent desire to esteem others highly than herself, that she is thoroughly convinced she’s destined to tackle and embrace yet another awe-inspiring venture at this stage in her life.

“Being a person who’s experienced physical, emotional, verbal and financial abuse, a person who was once shunned for being who I truly am — that (actually) was hurt, anger, and resentment fueled me — but after much prayer and support from those closest to me, love, peace, and forgiveness has sustained me,” Wynette said. “I’ve been encouraging and building individuals that I see or feel are in need of it from as early as high school. Professionally, I’m just starting.”

What better time to start than now, especially considering she’s thoroughly convinced that it was God Who was working diligently behind the scenes on her behalf all along?

“This is something God has put on my heart and in my heart, but if I must give credit to any human being, it’d have to be my father, Pastor Tommie L. Watkins,” Wynette said. “He is the most selfless person I know. He’s spent his years, from as early as I remember, leading, helping, encouraging, praying for and building others up.”

Interestingly and to her credit, Wynette seemed destined not only walk in the footsteps of her father but, most importantly, to help advance the kingdom with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“There are people going to their graves everyday with gifts that have yet to be utilized, hearts filled with love that they were too afraid to give,” Wynette said. “There are hurt people, broken people, depressed people, people who can’t and don’t realize their worth simply because of abuse, depression, and low self-esteem. This shouldn’t be.

THE PROVERBS 31 FACTOR — Interestingly and to her credit, Wynette seemed destined not only walk in the footsteps of her father but, most importantly, to help advance the kingdom with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“God has a purpose for your life,” Wynette continued. “Gifts created just for you. I want people to see it. There are no nobodies on this earth. God created everybody to be somebody special. I just want to be one of the tools He uses to get that message across for as far as He allows my voice and physical presence to reach.”

And just like that, she’s effectively embracing the purpose for which God created, effectively embracing a lofty, God-mandated assignment she sensed would ultimately come to fruition at some point in time.

As it turned out, that point in time is now.

For more information about Mid-South-area Life Coach/Motivational Speaker Tonia Wynette, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under Tonia Wynette. Also, send email to: tonia.watkins@ymail.com. Also, connect with via Instagram at: @simplybeautiful38


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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: 
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“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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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.

Little Rock’s Andre’anna Hampton to celebrate her authorship’s one year anniversary on August 17

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTES ANDRE’ANNA HAMPTON’S AUTHORSHIP’S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY 


Boy, does Andre’anna Hampton have some major goals and ambitions on the horizon.

So major that she has elected not to disclose them, even with the mainstream media.

“Honestly, I have great plans underway, although I really don’t want to disclose them in this interview,” Hampton, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said while chuckling, though she surely meant what she’s suggested. “What I will say is that God, my readers, and my new readers have played a great role in my career. With that being said, there are great things ahead the closing year (this year and into) 2019.”

WHO IS ANDRE’ANNA HAMPTON? https://andreannahampton.com/

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED — On August 17, Andre’anna Hampton will celebrate her one year anniversary as an accomplished author which, according to this Little Rock, Arkansas-based writer, is a monumental achievement for someone who is just a tender 26 years of age.

While Hampton feels it is in her best interest to remain tightlipped about her assortment of forthcoming opportunities, there is one notable milestone about which the general public will become enlightened — much sooner than later.

On August 17, Hampton will celebrate her one year anniversary as an accomplished author which, according to this Little Rock, Arkansas-based writer, is a monumental achievement for someone who is just a tender 26 years of age.

“My (authorship) anniversary will be very special to me, because it’s still very unbelievable that I’ve earned my title,” Hampton said. “Honestly it is. I’m not only a published author, but an international author.”

As Hampton vividly recalls, she envisioned years ago while in a local bookstore that her name would ultimately become embroidered on the front cover of a book.

Mission accomplished.

“I remember those days at Barnes & Noble and passionately wanting my name to be placed at the bottom of one of those books,” Hampton said. “It was all a passion and a dream for me.”

Much to her delight, her long-awaited dream has become a reality, courtesy of her very first book that’s entitled, “Every Woman Is Powerful” a compelling written document that is powered by J. Kenkade Publishing and was officially released on August 17, 2017.

As Hampton recalled, God had given her the awe-inspiring vision to write “Every Woman Is Powerful” sometime in February or March of last year.

What a difference one year has made for this remarkably brilliant author, a young gifted writer who has made continuous strides since her book’s much-anticipated release.

So much, in fact, that she can’t merely share those forthcoming major plans. At least, not right now.

“To me, the title means everything to me,” Hampton said of her book. “If it wasn’t for God, I wouldn’t be standing in this situation today. I thank Him every day for it all.”

A book that is comprised of 110 pages, Hampton’s “Every Woman Is Powerful” focuses on influencing women from all walks of life, most notably stay-at-home moms and wives, businesswomen “and so forth,” according to a detailed breakdown of her book at Amazon.com. The book is also available for purchase at Barnes And Noble online. 

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“This book encourages women to keep their love and faith in God while battling their everyday lives and finding a balance between family, ambitions, marriage, and finding a true friend in (this) author,” said an Amazon spokesperson for Hampton’s book. “While the author is sharing her actual life occurrences, she also encourages readers to be closer to God and she provides inspirational advice on how to stay the most powerful.”

As Hampton recalled, God had given her the awe-inspiring vision to write “Every Woman Is Powerful” sometime in February or March of last year.

Consequently, she needed just a few months to compose a book that is steadily having an immeasurable impact, especially amongst her fellow millennials.

WOMAN OF POWER — Much to her delight, Hampton’s long-awaited dream has become a reality, courtesy of her very first book that’s entitled, ““Every Woman Is Powerful” a compelling written document that is powered by J. Kenkade Publishing and was officially released on August 17, 2017.

“Honestly around (that) time (last year), I was battling several issues in my past and I was also battling some issues during that current time as well,” Hampton explained.

Still, despite the assortment of hurdles about which she had to clear, Hampton was determined not to allow her faith to waver.

If nothing else, she was determined to make her dream of witnessing her name be thrust on the front cover of a book a reality.

Mission accomplished.

“I believe that God has created this book just for me,” Hampton said. “The great belief I have is that God held this position of purpose for me to demonstrate strength, awareness, and self-love. During the time of the (book) release, I have inspired many, and not only by reminding others of the word. The fact of proving a testimony of my own, (readers have discovered) they’re not alone in their experiences or in life in general.”

A book that is comprised of 110 pages, Hampton’s “Every Woman Is Powerful” focuses on influencing women from all walks of life, most notably stay-at-home moms and wives, businesswomen “and so forth,” according to a detailed breakdown of her book at Amazon.com.

Looking ahead, Hampton said other books are surely forthcoming.

“There are definitely other writings in the works and that will be disclosed at a later time,” said.

But first thing’s first: It’s time to bask in the glory of having reached one full year as a professional author.

Which, after all, is a pretty amazing feat for someone who’s just a tender 26 years of age.


DEFYING THE URGE TO QUIT — Despite the assortment of hurdles about which she had to clear, Hampton was determined not to allow her faith to waver.  If nothing else, she was determined to make her dream of witnessing her name be thrust on the front cover of a book a reality.

“My audience thus far has given me great applause, because of this book (is filled with) words of encouragement,” Hampton said.

That, as a result, practically sums up why on August 17, this gifted writer is almost certain to be the beneficiary of a slew of words of encouragement.

For more information about Mid-South-area Author Andre’anna Hampton, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media under: Andre’anna Hampton. Also, send email to: authorahampton@yahoo.com.


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

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

Memphis entrepreneur Sametria Alexander displaying a ‘servant’s heart’ through Walking Into Your Destiny, LLC

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During a weekend interview with Making Headline News, Sametria Alexander found herself reflecting on the life and legacy of someone very special and dear to her heart.

That special and dear someone: Sam “Sonny” Flowers.

Sam Flowers is the late grandfather of Alexander, a longtime Mid-South-area businesswoman whom, as she specifically acknowledged, essentially paved the way for her to possess and savor entrepreneurship excellence.

DESTINY STEPS — To her distinctly unique credit, Memphian Sametria Alexander has not only established her business, but she’s savoring a considerable amount of success in the process as the proud founder and CEO of Walking Into Your Destiny, LLC.

Once an accomplished entrepreneur in his own right, Sonny owned a Clarksdale, Mississippi-based roofing company for years until his death.

Alexander, meanwhile, recalls like yesterday how she watched in such wonderment her beloved grandfather functioning mightily in his element.

“The men who worked for him would come to his house every Friday to get paid, and my granddad would give them their earnings for the week,” Alexander recalled. “In Clarksdale, Mississippi, it was uncommon for a black man to have a business, let alone have white customers, but I watched him do it until the day that he died. It’s how he took care of his family. Although none of his children ventured out to start their own businesses, I always knew being a business owner was in me because of him…and that if he could do it, I could too.”

WOMAN OF MANY HATS — A business venture that went into full operations some four years ago, Alexander, 36, is routinely afforded the opportunity to display her immeasurable skills as an editor, publisher, and ghost writer.

To her distinctly unique credit, Alexander has not only established her business, but she’s savoring a considerable amount of success in the process as the proud founder and CEO of Walking Into Your Destiny, LLC.

A business venture that went into full operations some four years ago, Alexander, 36, is routinely afforded the opportunity to display her immeasurable skills as an editor, publisher, and ghost writer.

Not only that, this Memphis-based businesswoman is an accomplished author who assembled the awe-inspiring book that bears her venture’s name: Walking Into Your Destiny.

Because after all, the way things have appropriately shaped up for Alexander in recent years, it’s safe to assume that she’s surely walking in the destiny for which God created her.

“My business consists of helping aspiring authors to tell their personal stories,” Alexander, a Memphis Wooddale High graduate, said. “I believe that everyone has a story, a purpose, and a destiny to fulfill in life. It is refreshing and a sense of therapy when one is able to put their life’s experiences into a book.”

As Alexander acknowledged, helping steer her clients through the book publishing process customarily brings about a sense of gratification.

A graduate of Memphis’ historic LeMoyne-Owen College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Alexander earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix. 

“And how exciting it is to become an author in the process,” Alexander says with a smile. “My ultimate goal is to help these authors help others who may have gone through similar life events. I believe when others tell their story, it not only allows the author to forgive and set themselves free but it also helps others who read about these authors.

TEN-NES-SEE HER THRIVING — Memphis-based businesswoman is an accomplished author who assembled the awe-inspiring book that bears her venture’s name: Walking Into Your Destiny.

When asked how her competitive drive in life greatly propelled her for her business venture, Alexander said: “When I think of what the word competitive means, I would say that I have never been the competitive type. I have always been introverted to myself, but I have always had the drive to want to succeed and not outdo anyone, but be of help to the world around me.”

Credit those who are comprised of Alexander’s solid support system for their valiant contributions, particularly as it pertains to staying humble as a progressive and thriving entrepreneur.

“I have a servant’s heart, I’d like to say,” said Alexander, whose globally-acclaimed business caters to individuals and groups of all ages worldwide. “So it has always been in me to want to help people.”

Besides her grandfather, there are others who have played monumental roles in Alexander’s rise as a notable entrepreneur.

GIVING BACK BIG TIME — As Alexander acknowledged, helping steer her client through the book publishing process customarily brings about a sense of gratification.

“I am inspired by many who I would not have time to name,” Alexander said. “But I would have to say that my inspiration comes from my late grandmother, Ruthie Mae Flowers. During my parents’ divorce, I had to live with her for two years, and during those two years, she introduced me to what it means to not just know God, but to have a relationship with God.

Of course, Alexander’s mother, Verna Collins-Jones, also has had an immeasurable impact on her entrepreneurship success.

“She kept me humble,” Alexander said of her mother. “I volunteered at soup kitchens, because of her and I learned humility from her.”

No one, it seems, stood out like good ole gramps, Alexander hinted.

“I am proud to be a granddaughter of a business owner from rural Mississippi, and I hope in some way that he would be proud of what I have accomplished so far.”

Without question, he surely is.

Hands down.

For more information about Memphis  Businesswoman Sametria Alexander or to inquire about her services, connect with her via Facebook at: Sametria Flowers-Alexander. Also, send email to: sametriaalexander@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.

Georgia ordained elder Dolores Jackson’s Faith Under Fire Ministry impacting lives mightily in the Body of Christ

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV)

 

One thing about Dolores Jackson, she’s always going to keep it positive.

Or she’ll make it a point to observe virtually every situation or circumstance from God’s perspective.

To her credit, that certainly rings true when it comes to her crossing paths with others.

Said Jackson in a rather spirited, encouraging Facebook just before noon EST on Wednesday:

“God, I thank You for the blessing of the love of good friends. Each day, my friends shower me with love and care, and I feel comfort knowing they are always there for me. I am so grateful for each one of them, as different and unique as they are, for the things they teach me. My friends are like gemstones, so priceless and beautiful. Thank you Lord.”

And just like that, Jackson, an Georgia-based ordained elder, had appropriately exemplified yet another dose of agape love, as only she could.

“Know this…being saved is a struggle,” Jackson, 55, told Making Headline News during a recent interview, during which she recalled the memorable events leading to her having effectively accepted her divine calling in ministry.

For Jackson, a native of Holly Springs, Mississippi — a small, rural town that’s roughly 30 miles south of Memphis — it seemed a foregone conclusion that she’d ultimately assume a notable, commendable role as one of God’s devoted spokespersons.

For starters, Jackson is the product of a Christian-based foundation whereby her family is comprised of as many as a dozen ministers or preachers, she explained.

Thanks in large part to the unyielding support of her husband, her son, as well as the valiant support of a host of family members and close acquaintances, and it’s no wonder Jackson doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s destined to be on fire for God for such a time as now.

Times that, truth be told, are widely deemed as perilous.

Having been raised mostly as a Methodist, Jackson was the product of the Catholic school system, although she didn’t particularly study the Catholic religion, she acknowledged.

Nevertheless, like most of her peers — particularly those who were brought up in the church — she had become a fixture in the Body of Christ at a relatively young age.

“My mom and dad made absolutely sure that I attended church regularly,” Jackson recalled.

It is, by all accounts, because of Jackson’s desire to sellout to God during her youth that practically sums up why she’s just as on fire to serve the Lord today, a trend that, much to her delight, has given way to her emerging as the mastermind of what is known as her Faith Under Fire Ministry.

“My parents taught me to love, respect, and to work hard,” said Jackson, when asked what were amongst the key values she was taught as a child.

Demonstrating a resourceful, resilient work ethic is surely something by which Jackson has steadily kept going in her spiritual repertoire even to this very day.

“I kept falling and struggling with my faith,” she recalled.

Still, because of who she is and because of where God is taking her, even when she seemed on the brink of falling, even when it seemed her faith was bleak, even when it seemed the enemy had the upper hand on her faith walk with God, there was God, strategically setting her aside for His use.

Talk about fortifying some proverbial bend-but-don’t faith under fire.

“For God I live, and for God I will die,” Jackson often says when sharing of her assortment of faith-based testimonies. “It is not easy. If it was, we would not need Christ. It is a process.”

A process that, much to her delight, has greatly given way to her emerging as one of God’s most devoted spokespersons.

“Finally, I began to realize that Christ is part of the process, that Christ is key to the process, that Christ is the success of the process,” Jackson said.

Well said by a big-hearted woman of God, one who’s widely known for always keeping it positive.

For more information Elder Dolores Jackson or to schedule her for a speaking engagement, connect with her via social media under: “Dolores Jackson.” Also, send email to: extraordinary216@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.

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Memphis businessman Oginga Carr urging local media outlets to ‘pay attention’ to his forthcoming Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp

Virtually everyone can use a much-needed breakthrough.

Especially entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

POINTING PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION — Mid-South-area businessman Oginga Carr is thoroughly convinced that his Second Annual Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp figures to enrich and impact the overall landscape of lives for both business owners, as well as those who boasts lofty aspirations of delving off into entrepreneurship.

That is why accomplished Mid-South-area businessman Oginga Carr is thoroughly convinced that his Second Annual Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp figures to enrich and impact the overall landscape of lives for both business owners, as well as those who boasts lofty aspirations of delving off into entrepreneurship.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE BAB: bablive.com

A two-day event that will take place June 9-10 in Memphis at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center that is located at 2240 Democrat Road, Carr’s Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp has been dubbed the “No. 1 Leadership Event” in the Mid-South, in large part because it is designed to help shape the legacy, particularly of business-minded individuals who have become greatly inspired to routinely assess their lives and, most importantly, where they sensed they should be at this present stage.  

BIRTHING SUCCESS — This year, however, Mid-South Businessman Oginga Carr and Co. have become empowered to celebrate what they deem The Birth Of The Champion.

“The Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp is about creating breakthroughs in your business and in your life to create the legacy you desire,” said a spokesperson for Carr’s event in a detailed description of it at Bablive.com.

In 2017, Carr and his constituents paid homage to what was known as The Birth Of The High Achiever.

“We gave you the steps to achieve your goals in life,” Carr, the Founder of I Dream I Achieve Academy®, said of last year’s inaugural bootcamp.

This year, however, Carr and Co. have become empowered to celebrate what they have deemed The Birth Of The Champion.

Amongst the notable presenters will be Barbara Pinson Lash, a globally-acclaimed Celebrity Media Coach, who’s widely known for working with various athletes, whereby she aids them mightily in making the lofty transition from their respective sport to careers in Mass Media.

“It’s time to create the championship legacy for you and your family,” Carr, the owner and CEO of Epiphany Consulting LLC, told Making Headline News this week.

The second year for the Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp figures be just as festive and informative as last year, considering Carr has invited a proverbial dream team of entrepreneurs to share with the masses an assortment of keys to entrepreneurship success.

Sustained success, that is.

“We are so delighted to have our speakers this year,” Carr said.

In addition, Carr’s Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp will be graced by the presence of Patrick Dougher, the mastermind behind Strength Based Leadership, whereby he is widely known for teaching today’s leaders how to be able to relate to their teams.

Amongst the notable presenters will be Barbara Pinson Lash, a globally-acclaimed Celebrity Media Coach, who’s widely known for working with various athletes, whereby she aids them mightily in making the lofty transition from their respective sport to careers in Mass Media.

In essence, Lash customarily helps athletes acquire careers as media personalities, as well as coaches people on how to get more of their legacy in their lives.

In addition, Carr’s Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp will be graced by the presence of Patrick Dougher, the mastermind behind Strength Based Leadership, whereby he is widely known for teaching today’s leaders on how to be able to relate to their teams.

ROLL IN THE CAMERAS — An event that figures to have a monumental impact on local entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, Carr is especially hopeful that Memphis-area media outlets will pay close attention to this year’s bootcamp.

“We are excited to have these internationally acclaimed speakers in our midst,” said Carr, whose Epiphany Consulting LLC is a Mid-South-area company that is widely regarded as an organizational structure venture that customarily helps with coaching and consulting for businesses and individuals so that they could appropriately find compliance and clarity.

An event that figures to have a monumental impact on local entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, Carr is especially hopeful that Memphis-area media outlets will pay close attention to this year’s bootcamp.

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“Media outlets have to pay attention to this event, because there are so many bad things that are highlighted (in the Memphis-metropolitan area),” Carr said. “It’s time that we highlight more good.  We are bringing a high level leadership event to Memphis, where people can get amazing content that will help them immediately for a small price. We are so confident that you will have a breakthrough at this event, that if you don’t get something out of this event, we will give you your money back.”

In addition, Carr and his staff have implemented an added bonus for those who attend this year’s bootcamp.

“This year, we have partnered with BookVIP to offer an amazing benefit to those who come to our event,” Carr explained. “We are providing a complimentary four-day, three-night vacation package for accommodations to Las Vegas or Orlando for anyone who attends this event.  This is an amazing offer and is only valid for a limited time.”

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IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT OF SUCCESS — Carr’s Epiphany Consulting LLC is a Mid-South-area company that is widely regarded as an organizational structure venture that customarily helps with coaching and consulting for businesses and individuals so that they could appropriately find compliance and clarity.

Not only that, Carr doesn’t shy away from the notion that his forthcoming business-oriented event stands out above others that similar to it for a variety of reasons.

“We stand out over other events (because of) how practical it is, Carr said. “This is not a motivational seminar.  We will have tons of fun, but we are going to give you an action plan to change your life and the lives of your families.”

According to a spokesperson, Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp officials welcome sponsorships, which they say is a valuable opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their brand, as well as gain targeted exposure through leadership, trailblazing entrepreneurs, and potential customers.

 

For more information about Mid-South-area Businessman Oginga Carr and the Second Annual Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcampconnect with him via social media under: “Oginga Carr.” Also, send email to: Oginga@ogingacarr.com

 

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Andre Johnson is the 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 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 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.

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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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Memphis CBU graduating senior Kiereka Banks to her mother: ‘I knew I could not fail her’

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTE TO GRADUATES TRIBUTES 2018

 

In the coming days, Kiereka Vernecia Banks is about the find herself on the right side of history.

There’s at least one awe-inspiring reason why. 

TEN-NES-SEE HISTORY UNFOLDING — For Kiereka Vernecia Banks, that her grandfather, the late Edward, Johnson, Sr., wasn’t merely afforded the educational opportunities she has enjoyed throughout the years undoubtedly has served a colossal motivational force this college honor student, who will reach arguably the grandest milestone of her life when she earns her degree from Memphis’ Christian Brothers University on May 12.

“I feel excited and blessed to be here. I am someone who’s the granddaughter of a man who came to Memphis with only a third grade education and worked as a sanitation worker during the Civil Rights Movement,” Banks told Making Headline News during its annual Salute To Graduates Tributes.

For Banks, that her grandfather, the late Edward, Johnson, Sr., wasn’t merely afforded the educational opportunities she has enjoyed throughout the years undoubtedly has served a colossal motivational force for this college honor student, who will reach arguably the grandest milestone of her life when she earns her degree from Memphis’ Christian Brothers University on May 12.

A native Memphian and 2014 graduate of Memphis Central High School, Banks, 22, will be awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, a feat that will come nearly a decade since the death of her grandfather.

DESTINY STEPS — As Banks explained, she knew full well that long before she graduated from Central High with honors, it was her responsibility to do the necessary things to earn a scholarship, considering college education cost seemingly skyrockets at the blink of an eye.

Johnson, Sr. died on June 18, 2008 after a brief battle with prostate cancer. He was 88.

“To be receiving my degree from Christian Brothers University…it’s unbelievable,” Banks said. “My family paved the way for this, and to see it happening, I am overjoyed.”

That Banks is about to inherit a college degree shouldn’t come as surprise to anyone, especially considering she enrolled at CBU on an academic scholarship, an achievement that had ultimately given way to her manufacturing a cumulative grade point average of 3.46 in the process.

BACK WHERE IT ALL STARTED — “When I decided to move back home after my second year, I lost a scholarship and refused to take out any loans,” Banks recalled. “And she was there, paying the money with no questions asked. She and I went through this process together, taking (into account) that I will be first out of my siblings to graduate college. But we learned the ropes together, which is why I continually tell her this degree is for us.”

Interestingly, Banks doesn’t shy away from the notion that her sustained academic success wouldn’t not have come to fruition if not for a solid supporting cast that was spearheaded by her mother, Kimberly Banks whom, according to Kiereka Banks in a recent Facebook post, stepped in to rescue her daughter during her college tenure at a time she needed it the most.

“When I decided to move back home after my second year, I lost a scholarship and refused to take out any loans,” Banks recalled. “And she was there, paying the money with no questions asked. She and I went through this process together, taking (into account) that I will be first out of my siblings to graduate college. But we learned the ropes together, which is why I continually tell her this degree is for us.”

MOM KNOWS BEST — Interestingly, Banks doesn’t shy away from the notion that her sustained academic success wouldn’t not have come to fruition if not for her solid supporting cast that was spearheaded by her mother, Kimberly Banks whom, according to Kiereka Banks in a recent Facebook, stepped in to rescue her daughter during her college tenure at a time she needed it the most.

Surely, there’s a good chance that tears will be shed this Mother’s Day weekend when Banks’ name is called to shake hands with CBU’s president on stage, where she will receive her diploma.

Tears that, in all likelihood, will flow from the eyes of both Banks and her mother, a 1990 graduate of Memphis Northside High.

“My relationship with my mom is everything to me,” Banks said. “She’s literally my best friend. Without her, I don’t know where I would be. She’s here for me when I need to vent, pray, or laugh. She’s there any time of day or night. We are almost one in the same, especially (considering) that our birthdays are just four days apart.”

COMING OUT PARTY — A native Memphian and 2014 graduate of Memphis Central High School, Banks, 22, will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing nearly a decade since the death of her grandfather.

As Banks explained, she knew full well that long before she bolted Central High with honors, it was her responsibility to do the necessary things to earn a scholarship, considering college education cost seemingly skyrockets at the blink of an eye.

“Ever since I was in high school, I knew I had to make a way,” Banks said. “I knew my mom couldn’t afford to send me to college, so I had to strive to get the high GPA and ACT scores. Once I was in college and saw the sacrifices she was making for me, I knew I couldn’t fail her. This wasn’t just about me anymore it was about us. She has always given her all to my siblings and me. I just want to put myself in the position to try and repay her for all that she’s done.”

While she’s likely racking up on Kleenex for what figures to be an emotional weekend when she shows up for her daughter’s college graduation, Kimberly Banks…well…on second thought, perhaps she can appropriately assess what has surely been a challenging, yet sometimes rocky journey, one that’s accompanied by a feel good story.

A FEW BLOCKS AWAY — Next up for her daughter: It’s off to graduate school this fall at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she will pursue dual degrees in JD/MBA.

“No words could ever describe how proud I am of my daughter,” Kimberly Banks, a mother of three, said. “With all of her achievements, she has always looked to me to give her hope in what she believed.”

All things considered, Banks’ mother would be the first to admit that the motivation she passed along to her daughter was indeed reciprocated.

“I think she pushed me to go hard, not giving up when she wanted to,” Kimberly Banks said.

Which, after all, practically explains why tears are almost certain to spill out of the eyes of both Banks and her mother hours before Mother’s Day 2018 arrives.

DESTINED FOR GREATNESS — That Banks is about to inherit a college degree shouldn’t come as surprise to anyone, especially considering she enrolled at CBU on an academic scholarship, an achievement that ultimately gave way to her manufacturing a cumulative grade point average of 3.46 in the process.

Next up for Banks: It’s off to graduate school this fall at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she will pursue dual degrees in JD/MBA.

“My grandmother, Vernice Johnson, also played a major role in my success,” Banks said. “From buying me a television for my dorm room, to feeding me when I couldn’t take school food any longer but, most of all, for uplifting me in prayer and speaking my success into existence. Honestly my entire family…aunts, uncles, and cousins have been a part of my journey and I am so thankful. I love you all.”

Especially good ole grandpa, a Civil Rights pioneer in his own right whom, in all likelihood, will be peeping through the clouds from heaven this weekend — all the while putting to good use a few Kleenex just like his daughter.

 

 

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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 staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

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