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Memphis’ Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad creating a continuous, massive buzz throughout the Bluff City and Mid-South

 

TEN-NES-SEE AND TASTE THIS CHICKEN SALAD, Y’ALL — An up-and-coming business that is located at 3709 South Hickory Ridge Mall in Suite 460 of the historic Hickory Hill Ridge Mall, Darwin and Kyra Henderson’s Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad has become a popular establishment for Memphians, giving the buzz it has created since its inception a little more than a year ago.

 

Fortunately for Memphis-based entrepreneur Kyra “Sha” Henderson, she thought it essential some time ago to thoroughly embrace the life-changing advice of her husband, Darwin Henderson.

OMG! LOOK AT THIS! Widely considered a “game changer” according to Kyra Henderson, her husband’s delectable, mouth-watering chicken salad has become one of the most sought-after products throughout the Memphis-metropolitan area, let alone a favorite amongst those who weren’t particularly fans of such a food.

That’s because her beloved companion, to his distinct credit, is responsible for encouraging his wife to broaden her entrepreneurial horizon by sharing his famous chicken salad with those outside of their family.

“After being asked several times by family and friends to make it, I thought, ‘Wait a minute, my husband might be on to something great,’” Kyra Henderson, a native Memphian, told Making Headline News this week. “So I took it to beauty shops and barbershops and it became a high demand on Saturdays.”

That Kyra Henderson had graciously heeded the advice of her husband and other family members has benefited her mightily.

So much, in fact, that the Hendersons essentially are building an impressive empire right before our very eyes as owners of Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad.

An up-and-coming business that is located at 3709 South Hickory Ridge Mall in Suite 460 inside the historic Hickory Ridge Mall, Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad has become a popular establishment for Memphians, given the buzz it has acquired since its inception a little more than a year ago.

Widely considered a “game changer” according to Kyra Henderson, her husband’s delectable, mouth-watering chicken salad has become one of the most sought-after products throughout the Memphis-metropolitan area, let alone a favorite amongst those who weren’t particularly fans of such a food.

“Our product is made fresh daily,” Kyra Henderson,  a 1991 Memphis Hamilton High graduate, said.

Not only that, what has set the Hendersons’ product aside from others similar to it is that their chicken salad is filled with a unique smoked flavor that keeps customers coming back for more.

So what is Darwin’s secret?

Good luck trying to convince him to relinquish or share a famous recipe that figures to remain undisclosed indefinitely.

FOLLOW ALEX FARMS HICKORY SMOKED CHICKEN SALAD VIA SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/alexfarmschickensalad/.

“The secret is it is full of love,” Kyra Henderson said with a straight face while displaying her customary signature smile. “We love what we do and love the smiles on our customers’ faces after they taste it.”

WE AIN’T TELLING Y’ALL NOTHING — What sets Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad aside from others similar to it is that its chicken salad is filled with a unique smoked flavor that keeps customers coming back for more. So what is their secret? Good luck trying to convince the Hendersons to relinquish or share a famous recipe that figures to remain undisclosed indefinitely.

So scrumptious and desirable the Hendersons’ chicken salad is that those who customarily find their way inside the Hickory Ridge Mall can’t seem to think of enough favorable names for it.

“It has been called several things like additive, unbelievable, breath-taking, and just plain out good,” Kyra Henderson said. “We don’t take this lightly being that we are husband and wife and that God gave an idea to us that has taken off by surprise.”

As if Memphians haven’t become addicted to Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad, it seems the Hendersons’ product is starting draw rave reviews amongst residents outside of the Bluff City.

According to Kyra Henderson, one customer actually caught a flight bound for Memphis just to make a special visit to her place of business and purchase the famous chicken salad.

Talk about having a monumental impact in a once downtrodden, storm-damaged Southeast Memphis-area mall that appears well on its way to returning back to respectability.

 

TALK OF THE TOWN — Interesting enough, the array of stories, testimonies, and positive feedback surrounding Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad are one what the Hendersons will cherish for a lifetime.

“What we found out was all different ages and ethnic backgrounds love our product, so we decided to step out on faith and open up in the Hickory Ridge Mall Food Court, which is an area that is on the road back to thriving again for businesses,” Kyra Henderson explained. “We have now been located in the Hickory Ridge Mall for little over a year, and it has been absolutely amazing how our business has thrived in this mall.”

Interesting enough, the array of stories, testimonies, and positive feedback surrounding Alex Farms Hickory Smoked Chicken Salad are what the Hendersons will cherish for a lifetime.

Heck, you’ve just gotta love Darwin, the mastermind behind what is shaping up to be a family-oriented empire — with God, their Helper, leading the way.

“My husband has always enjoyed cooking for friends and family, and this product was made by my husband for our son’s graduation dinner when he graduated from elementary school and he is now a senior in college,” Kyra Henderson said. The name (of the business) comes from our daughter, whose her name is Alex. She is the taste tester. She tells her dad what is needed for each batch to go out perfectly every time.”

In that case, heck, you’ve just gotta love Alex too.

 

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-based entrepreneur Teka Doggett’s Teka’s Cookies sending social media world into a massive sweet tooth frenzy

 

TEN-NES-SEE THESE COOKIES — A thriving, progressive business that officially went into operations in December 2015, Teka Doggett’s Teka’s Cookies have become a popular venture throughout the social media universe and, given the immense strides her business has made since its inception, it appears it is starting to become a household name around the country.

If you are one who is presently harboring a sweet tooth, such a familiar craving can be heighten considerably when you browse the Facebook page of Memphis-based entrepreneur Teka Doggett.

There you will find an assortment of images featuring eye-catching, attention-grabbing, mouth-watering cookies made by Doggett, the owner and CEO of Teka’s Cookies.

A thriving, progressive business that officially went into operations on Doggett’s birthday in December 2015, Teka’s Cookies have become a popular venture throughout the social media universe and, given the immense strides her business has made since its inception, it appears it is starting to become a household name around the country.

“Being in an extra-curricular activity helps with taking a risk doing your best and being judged afterwards,” Doggett, a Memphis Hamilton High graduate, told Making Headline News this week while drawing a distinct correlation between her days as a high school majorette and her desire to delve off into entrepreneurship. “(That) reminds me of a competition or a jamboree. What I like most (about being a business owner) is giving people something good and sharing things that I like.”

To her credit, Teka’s Cookies certainly have given way to Doggett having emerged mightily as a fan favorite, of sorts, particularly amongst those with whom she’s affiliated via social media.

All too often, social media account holders periodically find themselves hastening to Doggett’s timeline that accompanies the name, Teka’s Cookies, only to wound up wasting little time contacting her to place their much-anticipated orders.

“I cater to all age groups…anyone that loves cookies,” Doggett said.

A little more than a year-and-a-half removed from having established her assorted cookie business, Doggett’s products aren’t just a popular trend amongst Mid-Southerners. Today, Teka’s Cookies are being requested daily by consumers around the country for a variety of occasions.

You name the flavor of delectable cookies, and chances are Doggett has it in her unique professional baking repertoire.

Or she would go to great lengths to get it.

Heck, given the congested consumer traffic that customarily blankets her Facebook page, it’s safe to assume that Doggett aims to please, something by which her devoted customers deem especially gratifying.

“I really don’t have one,” said Doggett, when asked to explain her mission for starting what has become a successful business. “But I do, however, have God’s mission to fulfill, because that’s where my inspiration came from.”

As it relates to the birthing of Teka’s Cookies, it essentially started with a dream, Doggett recalled. By and large, while she admittedly sensed it was a mere fantasy, it’s a good thing she steadfastly obeyed the voice of her Creator.

“I literally dreamt this idea, woke up and said out loud, ‘God you have jokes,’” Doggett explained with a straight while displaying her unique but familiar slight smile. “(I said), ‘How am I going to come up with all those flavors?’”

As expected, God gave her the answer about which she diligently inquired.

Errr, sorry. He gave her the appropriate answers, mind you.

“Needless to say, I got my answers, even though I had to use family and friends as my guinea pigs while I perfect my recipes,” Doggett said.

A longtime licensed Tennessee cosmetologist, Doggett’s business, thanks in large part to her unyielding love for her customers, coupled with the solid support from family and friends, is enjoying continuous growth, a trend that figures to last for quite some time.

“I like to show others that when you obey God, the results are unimaginable,” Doggett said.

With a straight while displaying her unique but familiar slight smile.

 

For more information about Teka’s Cookies or to place orders, call Teka Doggett at 901-834-5055. 

 

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.

Memphian Velinda Humphreys’ new mobile beauty salon figures to become a popular Mid-South trend

TEN-NES-SEE HOW UNIQUE SHE IS — A professional cosmetology career that spans more than 25 years, Memphis native Velinda Humphreys is owner and chief executive officer of Styles with Smiles Senior Hair care. A business that essentially is in its infancy stages, Styles With Smiles Senior Hair care is a mobile beauty salon that’s 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.

Velinda Humphreys is professional hairstylist.

A pretty darn unique and crafty and gifted one at that.

A professional cosmetologist whose notable career spans more than 25 years, Humphreys, to her distinct credit, has become a fixture in this ever-so-competitive and evolving industry, especially in Memphis, where individuals becoming engaged in cosmetology undoubtedly is one the market’s most popular trends.

Fortunately for Humphreys, 42, she certainly has found her niche, particularly as it pertains to establishing a solid rapport with those who value the overall health and appearance of their hair.

That is why Humphreys has taken yet another progressive, monumental step in the cosmetology industry, this time in the area of entrepreneurship as owner and chief executive officer of Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare.

A business that essentially is in its infancy stages, Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare is 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.

THEY MATTER TOO — A business that essentially is in its infancy stages, Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare is a mobile beauty salon that’s 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.
Humphreys’ newly-established business is especially ideal for handicapped or individuals with special needs.

Humphreys’ newly-established business is especially ideal for handicapped and individuals with special needs.

By and large, what Humphreys deems mostly gratifying about her business is that she’s customarily afforded with the golden opportunity to tend to the hair care needs of those who deserve to look their best despite their physical limitations.

“I love working with the elderly,” Humphreys told Making Headline News this week. I get a greater since of gratitude…that feeling of appreciation. Even though they may not be going anywhere, they like to look pretty also even if only for that (particularly) day.”

MAKING MEMPHIS PROUD — A professional cosmetologist whose notable career spans more than 25 years — and counting — Humphreys, to her distinct credit, has become a fixture in this ever-so-competitive and evolving industry, especially in Memphis, where individuals becoming engaged in cosmetology undoubtedly is one the market’s most popular trends.

To her credit, Humphreys is no stranger to working with and tending to the needs of elderly individuals.

For a little more than three years, the Memphis Hamilton High graduate has been working at the Heritage At Irene Woods, a 150-acre, senior housing development located between the suburbs of Germantown and Collierville.

Prior to joining the staff at Heritage At Irene Woods, Humphreys spent 10 years at nearby Kirby Pines Estate, another notable Mid-South-area retirement community.

Although she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, working with the elderly is what appears to have allowed Humphreys to connect with and discover the divine purpose for which God has created her.

“I want to reach and service as many clients as I can and to expand, whereas I will need to hire help,” Humphreys said. “I’m not doing this just for the money, which I know many do. But I want everyone to be, to feel, and to look beautiful inside and out.”

As for her the degree in her selected area of study, as Humphreys hinted, she’s seemingly able to enjoy the best of both worlds.

By and large, what Humphreys deems mostly gratifying about her business is that she’s customarily afforded with the opportunity to tend to their hair care needs of those who deserve to look their best, despite their physical limitations. “I love working with the elderly,” Humphreys told Making Headline News this week. I get a greater since of gratitude…that feeling of appreciation.”

“I am also able to incorporate my psychology degree with my services,” Humphreys explained. “People have always said that hairstylist and bartenders are like psychologist, because people always bring them their problems.”

YOU GO GIRL! Although she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, working with the elderly is what appears to have allowed Humphreys to connect with and discover the divine purpose for which God has created her.

As Humphreys is also quick to point out, the less stress, the better, particularly as it relates to fulfilling her daily customer services goals and objectives. That is where her psychological attributes, by all accounts, come into play — all while fortifying her divine, God-mandated purpose.

“In the salon that I am currently working in, I allow no negative vibes,” Humphreys said. “They are to check it at the door. I do not do pity parties. It’s a happy place. No stress.”

Just like her newly-established Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare which, given the immense strides she’s made in the cosmetology industry over the past 2 ½ decades, figures to become a popular trend in the Bluff City and surrounding areas.

 

For more information about Velinda Humphreys’ Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare, call 901-283-8100. 

 

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 playwright Cheryl Joyner-Clark’s Too Much, Too Little, Too Late stage play figures to draw rave reviews

Editor’s Note: Photos below are those of the play’s cast members. 

 

GOTTA TEN-NES-SEE THIS PLAY — The owner and chief executive officer of Memphis-based CJC Productions, Joyner-Clark has written and produced a scintillating, ravishing stage play entitled, Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, an informative, tear-jerk, humorous, action-packed theatrical that depicts the story of a couple who engage in marital bliss, blissfully live happily ever after, all while simultaneously harboring the thoughts of savoring a life of joy, peace, and happiness.

DALLASCheryl Joyner-Clark is not just an accomplished author.

This native Memphian is also a thriving, progressive playwright whom, to her distinct credit, has added what many sense undoubtedly is her best work to her already impressive producer/director repertoire.

The owner and chief executive officer of Memphis-based CJC Productions, Joyner-Clark has written and produced a scintillating, ravishing stage play entitled, Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, an informative, tear-jerking, humorous, action-packed theatrical that depicts the story of a couple who engage in marital bliss, blissfully live happily ever after, all  while simultaneously harboring the thoughts of savoring a life full of joy, peace, and happiness.

For starters, the wife had always dreamt of having a beautiful, fairy-tale-like wedding, but wound up experiencing a nightmare for the ages upon discovering that after making her way past the wedding cake and her beautiful dress, that marriage is more than just a mere fantasy.

Clark-Joyner acknowledged that her latest stage play will highlight, among other things, the events and day-to-day occurrences surrounding marriage, most notably the importance of couples learning to cohabitate with one another as well as the pros and cons of learning to encounter problems and other potentially challenging issues married couple endure (especially those involving in-laws).

In a nutshell, it “gets real,” Joyner-Clark wasted little time reinforcing during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News about her play, which will take place on April 29 at 5 p.m. CST at the Davis Center Theatre in Memphis.

In addition, Joyner-Clark acknowledged that her latest stage play will highlight, among other things, the events and day-to-day occurrences surrounding marriage, most notably the importance of couples learning to cohabitate as well as the pros and cons of learning to resolve problems and other potentially challenging issues they customarily endure (especially those involving in-laws).


STAR WATCH? Having found her niche for writing since she was a preteen, Clark-Joyner have been producing and directing plays since 1999. According to Eventbrite.com, she has penned, produced and directed a variety of stage plays, including In the Absence of My Father and Tell Hell I Ain’t Coming.

“It’s full of funny moments and some real moments, but overall this play leaves you with a great message,” Joyner-Clark explained.

All things considered, Joyner-Clark was quick to hint that a curtain-raiser of this magnitude is one in which her male counterparts ought not want to steer clear of. Surely, there are valid reasons why.

Cynthia Cotton, Cheatham, Driver, Arkansas

“Men tend to think these types of play will have a lot of male bashing,” Joyner-Clark said. “But what we soon will find out is that there are two sides to every story.”

Stella Faye Adams, Memphis, Tennessee

Memphian Stella Faye Adams, a Mid-South-area educator and one of the seven cast members of the stage play, echoed that about which Joyner-Clark suggested.

Arthur Covington Jr., Memphis, Tennessee

“Too Much, Too Little, Too Late is a must see for those married, wanting to be married, as well as the singles,” said Adams who, like Clark-Joyner, is an alum of Memphis Manassas High. “It allows everyone to see that marriage is work. You have to consider the other person in all aspects of life. Never allow anyone or anything to come between you and your spouse.”

Katina Paige, Dallas, Texas
Tammy Wilkins, Memphis, Tennessee

Having found her niche for writing since she was a preteen, Clark-Joyner have been producing and directing plays since 1999. According to Eventbrite.com, she has penned, produced and directed a variety of stage plays, including In the Absence of My Father and Tell Hell I Ain’t Coming.

Widely known also as a devoted songwriter, Joyner-Clark authored the novel, No More Sunday Mornings, a Blackwell Legacy written document that was released in November 2009 and is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Carl Crawley, Memphis, Tennessee

As for her latest project, Joyner-Clark said her mother, Clara Benson, and her pastor and beloved spiritual father — “he is my dad,” she said — Bishop Craig Baymon of Memphis’ Holy Temple Cathedral of Deliverance COGIC, were amongst those who inspired her to move forward with Too Much, Too Little, Too Late.

Linda Boddie, Memphis, Tennessee

“(My mother’s) determination as a parent was to raise me the best she could despite of all her struggles,” Joyner-Clark said. “My grandmother, the matriarch of our family, (inspired me because of) her strong faith in God and her never-give-up attitude. My pastor, who saw the gift in me a long time ago, pushed me to use it and pursue it. Growing up without a father, he has always been that to me. He supports me in everything that I do. It is so important to have a nucleus of people who support you when you are tired and want to give up. They push you towards your greatness.”

By and large, Joyner-Clark’s latest play is just a continuation of a lifelong dream, coupled with the divine purpose for which God has blessed her, she said.

LOG ON NOW: www.cjcproductions.com

Plans are currently in the works to put her playwright talents on display outside of Memphis, most notably Auburn, Alabama in August and the Dallas/Fort Worth area in October.

“My dream as a child was to be an author and a great writer,” Joyner-Clark said. “Although I didn’t go to college, the gift remained inside of me. I didn’t silence it. I used it and, in using it, the craft got better. I want to encourage others to never give up on your dreams. Be who you were called to be. It’s possible.”

 

 

 

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 sports reporter 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 memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

 

Memphian Travis Moore enjoying a carefree lifestyle as a progressive businessman for an internationally-acclaimed company

SEEING MOORE OF HIS FAMILY — A longtime aircraft mechanic, Moore, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, reminisced about all those nights he found himself sleeping in an airport terminal, sometimes as many as four days a week, a trend that, unfortunately for him, gave way to much stress and discouragement, in large part because all things considered, Moore is a devoted family man. “I lived in Memphis, but working in Dallas let me know that it was time for a change,” Moore, 38, a native of Memphis, said. “I only saw my family three days a week, and that I wanted to have more time with my family inspired me to take a chance on myself and start my own business.”

Travis Moore recalls those brutally hectic days like yesterday.

He remembers all too well how although his permanent residence has always been in his native city of Memphis, he should have very well established a second place roughly eight hours away in Dallas.

A longtime aircraft mechanic, Moore, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, reminisced about those countless nights he found himself sleeping in an airport terminal, sometimes as many as four days a week, a trend that, unfortunately for him, gave way to much stress and discouragement, in large part because all things considered, Moore is a devoted family man.

 

MAKING MOVESA 1997 Westwood High School graduate who served in the United States Air Force from 1999-2005, Moore is an established Independent Business Representative for a universally-acclaimed travel-based business or, as he labels it, “a five-star travel experience for a for a two-star price.”

“I lived in Memphis, but working in Dallas let me know that it was time for a change,” Moore, 38, said. “I only saw my family three days a week, and that I wanted to have more time with my family inspired me to take a chance on myself and start my own business.”

To his credit, Moore’s immeasurable leap of faith is starting to pay off mightily — with God, His helper, leading the way.

LISA’S LOVEWith the solid support of his wife, Lisa Moore, and their four children, Travis Moore not only became inspired to exercise his faith in ways unimaginable when he sensed it was time to make a career change but, for the first time in a longtime, he’s back to living and savoring a carefree lifestyle — with God, his Helper, leading the way.

A 1997 Memphis Westwood High School graduate who served in the United States Air Force Academy from 1999-2005, Moore is an established Independent Business Representative for a universally-acclaimed travel-based business or, as he labels it, “a five-star travel experience for a for a two-star price.”

A global business that has proven beneficial to consumers worldwide, Moore’s business venture not only offers an array of luxurious trips and vacations around the globe, but members are also afforded the golden opportunity to partake in delectable meals, drinks, massages, even helicopter tours (depending on trip, he said).

“The goal is to make your vacation experience better than what you could have imagined,” Moore said.

A former prep dual sport athlete who starred in football and track and field, Moore said his competitive drive through athletics, by all accounts, played an integral role in fueling his competitive drive to start his business.

“The sports impact let me know that you have to work hard for what you want and that learning never stops,” Moore said. “(You’ve got to) stay disciplined, push through the tough times, and will power is an amazing thing and never get outworked by anyone.”

JUST CHILLIN’ — As if helping others to maximize their potential isn’t enough, the close-knit relationships and connections Travis Moore has experienced since erecting his business has served as an added bonus, or sorts. “Being in this business has put me around some of the greatest people I have ever met,” Travis Moore said.

With the solid support of his wife, Lisa Moore, and their four children, Travis Moore not only became inspired to exercise his faith in ways unimaginable when he sensed it was time to make a career change, but for the first time in a longtime, he’s back to living and savoring a carefree lifestyle — with God, his Helper, leading the way.

“My personal mission is to help someone become the best versions of themselves they could be and for me to continue growing as a man and becoming the man God put me here to be,” Travis Moore said.

As if helping others to maximize their potential isn’t enough, the close-knit relationships and connections Travis Moore has experienced since erecting his business has served as an added bonus, or sorts.

“Being in this business has put me around some of the greatest people I have ever met,” Travis Moore said. “And having the opportunity to travel with positive and uplifting people is a wonderful feeling.”

Among the reasons is that since making the lofty transition to becoming an independent business representative, Travis Moore has had the luxury of traveling to such places as Arizona, Florida, and Texas.

In addition, he said arranging passports for his wife and children so that they could travel abroad are currently in the works.

So much for all of those seemingly discomforting nights of sleeping in airport terminals.

Today, unlike never before, Travis Moore doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s undoubtedly walking in his purpose — with God, his Helper, leading the way.

BEING A BLESSING — Today, unlike never before, Travis Moore doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s undoubtedly walking in his purpose.
“Just like someone found me and showed me that there is a better life out there, I feel it’s my daily duty to let people know that life is beautiful,” Travis Moore said. “Every day that God allows you to wake up is a day that He is allowing you to better yourself and (your) situation…to be the winner you were put here to be.”

“Just like someone found me and showed me that there is a better life out there, I feel it’s my daily duty to let people know that life is beautiful,” Travis Moore said. “Every day that God allows you to wake up is a day that He is allowing you to better yourself and (your) situation…to be the winner you were put here to be.”

Giving back and impacting lives are extremely key, Travis Moore, displaying a smile, is quick to acknowledge.

“Just like a couple that came into my life and blessed (me) and my family,” he said, “I have no option but to be a blessing for someone else.”

With God, his Helper, leading the way.

 

For more information about Memphis-based businessman Travis Moore, log on to : Vacationsooner.com and look up his sponsor ID: (68747421), which is the number needed to join his team. 

 

 

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.

Mid-South entrepreneur Jennifer Davis-Sithole’s Diversity On Stage & Film having a major impact on African-American community

MAKING A DIFFERENCE — A native of Byhalia, Mississippi, Jennifer Davis-Sithole is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Diversity On Stage & Film (or DOSF), a business-related organization she created to honor and recognize Mid-South-area African-American actors and actresses for their solid, compelling stage and film work as well assist those who aspire to delve off into this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry.

Jennifer Davis-Sithole isn’t just fulfilling a dream of a lifetime.

She thinks it necessary daily to reach back and enable others to follow suit.

“It is my mission the make sure that our African-American actors and actresses are recognized for their work,” Davis-Sithole told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

To her distinct credit, she has been nothing short of impressive, particularly as it pertains to aiding others to maximize their God-given potential.

NATIONAL STAGE — Surely, bigger and brighter days are ahead for DOSF, which was organized in 2014. That’s because Davis-Sithole has had the luxury of traveling the country to various establishments to pay witness to plays, most notably Memphis, Jackson, Tennessee, Jackson, Mississippi, Little Rock, Atlanta, Branson, Missouri, New York City, Winchester, Virginia, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Dallas, among other sites.

A native of Byhalia, Mississippi, Davis-Sithole is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Diversity On Stage & Film (or DOSF), a business-related entertainment-based organization she created to honor and recognize Mid-South-area African-American actors and actresses for their solid, compelling stage and film work as well assist those who aspire to delve off into this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry.

In addition, DOSF’s mission involves, among other things, helping to bring more awareness to live theatre in the African-American community as well as to, as Davis-Sithole emphasized, “get them in the seats.”

A self-proclaimed “theatre junkie,” Davis-Sithole acknowledged that she witnesses approximately 50-60 productions each year. In doing so, her primary ambition is to “honor and encourage” as many of her cast members as possible.

In a nutshell, it doesn’t take long for aspiring actors and actresses to realize that when joining DOSF, they will come to a realization that the golden rule essentially is indicative to Davis-Sithole’s keen leadership qualities, thus headlines a notable business venture that is starting to generate a national presence.

Surely, bigger and brighter days undoubtedly are ahead for DOSF, which was organized in 2014.

That’s because Davis-Sithole has had the luxury of traveling to various establishments across the country to pay witness to plays, most notably Memphis, Jackson, Tennessee, Jackson, Mississippi, Little Rock, Atlanta, Branson, Missouri, New York City, Winchester, Virginia, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Dallas, among other sites.

“I’ve literally traveled the country seeing theatre,” Davis-Sithole said.

And fortunately for her, coupled with her compassion for helping others realize they can make their dream a reality, it’s safe to assume those with whom Davis Sithole routinely crosses paths have thoroughly embraced her vision through her progressive, thriving business.

“DOSF was totally birthed from the heart and is funded by me,” said Davis-Sithole, adding that her organization is devising ways to generate funding by way of sponsors.

ABOUT TO BLOW UPDOSF will be afforded the opportunity to generate more exposure, thus have a greater impact in the African-American community when it hosts its 3rd Annual DOSF Awards Ceremony, a much-anticipated annual event in which Davis-Sithole will have the golden opportunity to build on her dream of a lifetime.

A proud graduate of Holly Springs (Mississippi) High’s Class of 1983, Davis-Sithole’s business caters mostly to individuals ranging in ages 16 and over, she said.

In addition, DOSF will be afforded the opportunity to generate more exposure, thus have a greater impact in the African-American community when it hosts its 3rd Annual DOSF Awards Ceremony on March 12 at the Buckman Performing Arts Center, a much-anticipated annual event in which Davis-Sithole once again will have the golden opportunity to build on her long-awaited dream of a lifetime.

When asked why is it imperative that she esteem and inspire others daily, Davis-Sithole said, “Simply because I am by brother’s keeper.”

Just as God intended it to be.

 

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.

 

Native Memphian Aaron Jordan flourishing mightily as an award-winning author and radio personality

TEN-NE-SEE HIS SUCCESS — A native of Memphis who currently resides in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Aaron Jordan is the mastermind behind the book, “The Power Within, A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes.” A rather emotionally — and spiritually — gut-checking book that was originally published on July 22, 2014, Jordan, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, spoke at length about how God greatly fueled his desire to compose a book that, to his credit, figures to help change the lives of others for the better.

All things considered, Aaron Jordan is armed with what he describes as an inner “perfectionist.”

Heck, as far as he’s concerned, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, nothing wrong with — you know — establishing a rather spirited, cheerful countenance that suggests, among other things, that Jordan is determined to strategically exercise his faith in ways unimaginable.

“I am a hard critic of myself, including my brand,” Jordan said.

The brand to which Jordan is especially alluding is his notable endeavor as an established, award-winning author.

A native of Memphis who currently resides in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Jordan is the mastermind behind the book, “The Power Within, A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes.”

IT’S ALL GOOD, Y’ALL — As expected, the bulk of the feedback through Jordan’s book has been favorable. “(Many have said it’s) been life-changing in the fact that it has given them a new found prospective on dating and relationships, and that people waiting on my next book release coming up,” he said.

A rather emotionally — and spiritually — gut-checking book that was originally published on July 22, 2014, Jordan, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, spoke at length about how God greatly fueled his desire to compose a book that, to his credit, figures to help change the lives of others for the better.

“(I wrote this book) after coming out of a dark place mentally and emotionally in 2012,” Jordan, an award-winning author, explained.

And because he deemed it essential to obey the voice of his Creator by dauntlessly writing his book, today, unlike never before, the man who’s widely known as “Mr. Know Your Worth” is steadfastly reaping the benefits of his brave act of obedience.

For starters, so inspired Jordan was to produce his book that it took him virtually no time to execute the finishing product, considering such a monumental project took approximately nine months to complete (from January to September 2012).

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Add to the fact that such a compelling, dazzling book depicts several of Jordan’s greatest, most hurtful and memorable life-enhancing encounters — most notably what he specifically recalled as “three rings, three engagements” during a 24-month timeframe, and it’s no wonder “The Power Within, A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes” quickly surfaced as a hot sale, most notably on Amazon.com and Walmart.com.

So get it while you can.

BUSY BODYWide known as also as a motivational speaker, relationship expert, and an award-winning syndicated radio personality, Jordan is currently arranging another college relationship tour as well as another book tour on a date that has yet to be announced.

“In ‘The Power Within, A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes,’ it guides to help you understand who you are, whose you are, and what you are when comes to dating and relationships,” said Jordan, explaining the primary purpose for his book. “Also, it helps you to realize the power that you have in dating…understanding that your worth and value is not defined by a relationship or just the sake of having someone in your life. The things that I learned during that period of my life and the things that I learned about myself in that process, I knew that my story was not just for me but to impact people.”

As expected, the bulk of the feedback through Jordan’s book has been favorable.

“(Many have said it’s) been life-changing in the fact that it has given them a new found prospective on dating and relationships, and that people waiting on my next book release coming up,” Jordan acknowledged.

Jordan’s next book, “Dating According to Your Purpose: 5 Laws of Achieving Your Best Life,” is a project that is currently in the works and a time of its release has yet to be determined.

Widely known as also as a motivational speaker, relationship expert, and a syndicated radio personality, Jordan is currently arranging another college relationship tour as well as another book tour for a date that has yet to be announced.

In addition, Jordan’s itinerary includes conducting his annual relationship conferences in Nashville and Atlanta entitled the “Know Your Worth Women’s Relationship Conference.” Also, his “Come Walk the Purple Carpet” event will take place in Nashville, and his “Know Your Worth Relationship Empowerment Summit” is slated to take place in Atlanta.

A Memphis Whitehaven High graduate who studied Marketing at the University of Phoenix, Jordan is owner and host of the Know Your Worth Radio Show with co-host Michael Warren. The show airs every Saturday from Noon-1 p.m. CST on Nashville’s 102.1 FM The Light.

For more information about Aaron Jordan, write him at:

P. O. Box 330711

Murfreesboro, TN 37133

 

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-area businesswoman Dykeshia Weston routinely shares love, tears, and civility as a licensed embalmer and funeral director

HEART OF GOLDA native of Memphis, Dykeshia Weston is a longtime licensed embalmer and the Funeral Director for Calvary Memorial Funeral Home, located at 659 Semmes Street in the heart of the historic Orange Mound district. A career path whereby she admittedly had never envisioned crossing, Weston has become a fixture in an ever-so-competitive industry in which esteeming others highly than herself essentially has become the norm.

Dykeshia Weston is a firm believer in the golden rule.

Always has been.

Always will be.

To her credit, she even offered a notable, eloquent suggestion as it pertains to this subject.

DECENTLY AND IN ORDERA 1995 graduate of Memphis Whitehaven High, Weston — who’s also a Shelby County Schools employee — said she directs approximately 50 funerals annually which, according to her, is seemingly on the low end, considering she is one of the “newest names” to the funeral industry.

“The golden rule is always applicable,” Weston said during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News this week. “Treat people the way you want to be treated, even if they don’t exemplify it back. We all have a duty to uplift and encourage one another to be our best selves. I was taught if I can’t help people, don’t hurt or condemn them, (because) it is nothing to be nice.”

As Weston acknowledged, demonstrating a sense of civility and tenderheartedness customarily go a long way, particularly as it relates to one’s faith walk.

That is why as a Mid-South-area businesswoman, Weston deems it essential to — as God’s manual admonishes us — bear the infirmities of the weak through her longstanding career.

A native of Memphis, Weston is a longtime licensed embalmer and the Funeral Director for Calvary Memorial Funeral Home, located at 659 Semmes Street in the heart of the historic Orange Mound district.

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A career path whereby she admittedly had never envisioned crossing, Weston has become a fixture in an ever-so-competitive industry in which esteeming others highly than herself essentially has become the norm.

By and large, it is a trend she has thoroughly embraced, thus applied to her daily living.

LASTING IMPACTHaving been actively involved in the mortuary industry for a little more than a decade, Weston was inspired by her cousin Marcus Hudson, to direct funerals. Hudson is a former Chicago-area mortician and businessman, who ultimately moved to Memphis and convinced Weston’s father to invest in a funeral home, Weston recalled.

“I always try to look for the best in people without judgment,” Weston explained. “When I’m laid to rest and my work down here is done, I want to remembered not by how many (funeral) services I was able to do in one year, but how I treated my families.”

The operative words, according to Weston, are “my families,” in large part because according to this veteran and efficient funeral director, love not covers a multitude of sins, as the Bible reminds us, but it also gives way to a lasting, positive affect on bereaved families.

“When you do things with love, it makes a difference,” Weston said.

A 1995 graduate of Memphis Whitehaven High, Weston — who’s also a Shelby County Schools employee — said she directs approximately 50 funerals annually which, according to her, is seemingly on the low end, considering she is one of the “newest names” to the Mid-South-area mortuary landscape.

Still, her solid body of work in the mortuary field has been nothing short of impressive and efficient in that all too often, just like the families to whom she’s servicing, Weston’s love and compassion often become visibly seen, considering she often shares waves of emotion  with families as they mourn the loss of friends and loved ones.

“When I first started (in the mortuary industry), I was very emotionally attached, because it’s just my nature to be concerned about my brothers and sisters that were hurting,” Weston explained. “I’ve cried many days in funeral arrangements and at the services, because I am human before I’m anything else. I don’t consider the people I service as clients, but more so as extended families. I tend to build lasting relationships that don’t just end at the burial sites.”

Having been actively involved in the mortuary industry for a little more than a decade, Weston was inspired by her cousin, Marcus Hudson, to direct funerals.

Hudson is a former Chicago-area mortician and businessman, who ultimately moved to Memphis and convinced Weston’s father to invest in a funeral home, Weston recalled.

WALKING IN HER PURPOSE“I always try to look for the best in people without judgment,” Weston explained. “When I’m laid to rest and my work down here is done, I want to remembered not by how many (funeral) services I was able to do in one year, but how I treated my families.”

“After watching daily operations and assisting on a few services, I became intrigued by the industry,” Weston said.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Given the continuous progress she’s made since earning her associate degree in Mortuary Science from nearby Northwest Mississippi Community College, it’s safe to assume that Weston undoubtedly has found her niche in an industry in which the golden rule must always be exemplified — one family at a time.

“I never could just figure out what in life made me happy that it didn’t just feel like a job until now,” Weston, who also a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Arkansas State University, said with a smile. “(Calvary Memorial) funeral home was opened in 2006 and I joined the team officially in 2009…eight years.”

And counting.

And to her distinct credit, she’s walking in her divine purpose, all while fortifying daily the golden rule.

 

For more information on Calvary Memorial Funeral Home, call 901-452-2966.



EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, 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, 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.