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Dallas/Fort Worth entrepreneur LaTambria Smith carries on her son’s memory through her thriving baking business


EDITOR’S NOTE: This story on Dallas/Fort Worth businesswoman LaTambria Smith was originally published by Making Headline News on October 11, 2017. Since the release of this story, Smith, a Dallas Skyline High graduate, has announced that she will be releasing a book that will recall her assortment of emotional testimonies, as well as host an empowerment conference that will take place at a date to be announced. 

DALLAS — Back on February 8, one day before her 33rd birthday, LaTambria Smith staged to her Facebook page a rather descriptive and touching image that detailed a timeline of arguably the most challenging and tear-jerking moments of her young life.

For starters, Smith underwent surgery to have her cancer cells removed from her cervix in 2007.


DEFYING ALL ODDS 

SHE’S STILL STANDING — Dallas-area businesswoman LaTambria Smith is owner of Tam’s Sweet Treats And More, a professionally run DFW-based professional baking business in which Smith specializes in preparing a variety of delectable, mouth-watering desserts.

Approximately a year later, she had a pre-eclampsia, or an emergency C-Section performed, a procedure that gave way to her child being 25 weeks prematurely and weighing just one pound, six ounces.

Two years later, doctors removed cancer cells from her cervix only to have a similar procedure performed the following year.

Then in 2012, Smith had to have another emergency C-Section performed, during which she had given birth to her baby at 23 weeks, a child whom weighed 14 ounces.


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THESE CAKES ARE LIT — A business Smith established approximately three years ago, Tam’s Sweet Treats And More is widely known for providing consumers with a variety of sweets, most notably cakes, teacakes, chocolate covered sweets and its famous cupcakes.

Consequently, things would become even more somber in the life of a young woman whose faith undoubtedly was on trial unlike never before.

That’s because later that year, doctors had discovered a softball-size tumor in Smith’s stomach during the C-section. Unfortunately, Smith’s baby passed away three weeks later after a month-and-a-half stay in the NICU. Consequently, she underwent successful surgery, during which she had the tumor removed.

Then in 2015, Smith was hit with more disheartening news when she got word that she had a leaking heart valve due to high blood pressure.

ALL OCCASIONS CAKES AND TREATS — You name it and chances are Smith — this professional baking guru — will hook you up regardless of the occasion.

As if those slew of obstacles weren’t enough to try Smith’s faith, she learned some time last year that the nerves behind both of her eyes were swollen twice their normal size, in large part because doctors discovered excessive fluid around her brain.

While such a heartbreaking sequence of events would bring even the strongest of persons to tears, Smith deemed it essential to end the timeline image with four words that, despite an assortment of potentially fatal occurrences, practically explains why she’s the blessed woman for whom she is widely known.


REMEMBERING AMARI 

In 2013, doctors had discovered a softball-size tumor in Smith’s stomach during the C-section.  Unfortunately, Smith’s baby passed away three weeks later after a month-and-a-half stay in the NICU. Consequently, she underwent successful surgery, during which she had the tumor removed.

“AND I’M STILL STANDING,” Smith staged to an image that was accompanied by three exclamation points.

All things considered and because of what she had to survive, Smith doesn’t shy away from the notion that while she’s yet breathing, she might as well live life to the fullest — while walking in purpose through entrepreneurship in the process.

“To me this is not only a business, but a passion,” Smith told Making Headline News.


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You name it and chances are this professional baking guru will hook you up regardless of the occasion.

A business she established approximately three years ago, Tam’s Sweet Treats And More is widely known for providing consumers with a variety of sweets, most notably cakes, teacakes, chocolate covered sweets and its famous cupcakes.


TAM’S TEXAS TWO STEP

HER REASONS — All things considered and because of what she had to survive, Smith doesn’t shy away from the notion that while she’s yet breathing, she might as well live life to the fullest — while walking in purpose through entrepreneurship in the process. Pictured with Smith in a recent photo from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis are her daughters: Amaiyah  Ross, 11 (left), and Mariah Ross, 10.

“I started in the kitchen with my grandmother as a child and learned as much as I could. I took all that knowledge and carried it over to my adult life. I first thought I would just do it for my girls, but the more I tried and accomplished, the more I pushed myself and here we are now.” — Dallas Entrepreneur LaTambria Smith


Talk about a dramatic comeback to ultimately start and manage a business amid a rash of agonizing setbacks.

“To have my girls watch and encourage me pushes me even more, because I know my passion and drive is a lesson for them as they grow,” Smith said while flashing her big, signature smile.

How befitting to put on display a well-deserved smile, this after having conquered and outlasted and defied arguably the greatest of odds time and time again.


For more information about Tam’s Sweet Treats And More or to place orders, call Tambria Smith at 469.223.3928 or email her at latambriasmith@gmail.com. Also, reach her via social media at: Facebook.com/Tamssweettreatsandmore and Instagram @tamssweettreatsandmore.


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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.

Thanks to a former NFL player, Duncanville’s Barak Gurnell has found his niche and passion in football


TEXAS CLASS 6A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW


DUNCANVILLE, Texas — Tamara Gurnell was going on and on Wednesday morning about how her son, Barak Gurnell, doesn’t routinely watch football.

“He doesn’t watch a whole lot of football,” Tamara Gurnell told Making Headline News. “I could turn it on a game and he’ll go in another room. He’s just not into watching football like that.”


EYE OF THE PANTHER 

HEART OF A CHAMPION — A little more than two years removed from having become thoroughly active in competitive football, Barak Gurnell has made some pretty immeasurable strides for a Duncanville High team (15-0) that has re-emerged as a national standout and will square off against Houston’s North Shore (15-0) for the Texas Class 6A championship Saturday at 7 p.m. CST at AT&T Stadium.

That certainly isn’t the case for her son on the field.

A little more than two years removed from having become thoroughly active in competitive football, Barak Gurnell has made some pretty immeasurable strides for a Duncanville High team (15-0, ranked No. 8 nationally by MaxPreps.com) that has re-emerged as a national standout and will square off against Houston’s North Shore (15-0, ranked No. 10 nationally by MaxPreps.com) for the Texas Class 6A championship Saturday at 7 p. m. CST at AT&T Stadium.

Led by former Dallas Skyline coach Reggie Sample, Duncanville is ranked No. 1 in Texas Class 6A, according to MaxPreps. North Shore is ranked No. 2.

A 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior defensive tackle, Gurnell has practically held his own and made a name for himself as a marquee player for a Panther defensive unit that denied perennial power Allen of a second consecutive state title with a 44-35 win in the state semifinals.


“Football has become a very important part of my life in a very short period of time and I honestly can’t see going to college without it. It pushes me to be a better version of myself every day.” — Duncanville senior defensive tackle Barak Gurnell 


STOCK IS RISING — What a difference two years have made for a young, gifted kid whom, to his credit, has managed to attract interests from a host of college, a trend he expects to increase much sooner than later.

Football alone isn’t the only factor that has greatly inspired Gurnell to maximize his potential as he continues to lobbies for a full ride scholarship as a member of a nationally-ranked Duncanville team that’s loaded with Division 1-caliber players and is back in the state championship for the first time in two decades.

Amongst those who essentially spearheaded Gurnell’s quest to consider football is former NFL player Roderick Lewis.

A former Dallas Bishop Dunne Catholic and University of Arizona star, Lewis, 47, played four professional seasons for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans from 1994-1997.

PIVOTAL EXTRA POINT — Amongst those who essentially spearheaded Gurnell’s quest to consider football is former NFL player Roderick Lewis. A former Dallas Bishop Dunne Catholic and University of Arizona star, Lewis, 47, played four professional seasons for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans from 1994-1997.

As Tamara Gurnell recalled, Lewis was rather direct when suggesting that her son — who already exhibits the size of an NFL defensive lineman — should serious consider giving football a try.

“My friend, Rod Lewis, hadn’t seen Barak for some time until his daughter’s 17th birthday party,” Tamara Gurnell explained. “Rod’s face lit up with excitement and he began to pat Barak on the back and chest, commenting on how big he had gotten.”

As it turns out, it seemed that divine intervention essentially couldn’t keep Barak Gurnell off of Lewis’ mind days after the two had crossed paths.

MOM KNOWS BEST –— Come Saturday night, amongst the things that will likely come to mind for Gurnell when he sets foot on Texas high school football’s biggest stage is how his willingness to embrace wise counsel has ultimately allowed his gift to make room for him.

“A few days later, Rod called me to discuss Barak’s future, highly encouraging (him) to consider football as a viable option to add to his high school portfolio,” Tamara Gurnell recalled.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

That’s because not only did Barak Gurnell heed the pertinent advice of Lewis but, much to his delight, it’s safe to assume that competitive football, by all accounts, has become an integral part of his life.

Come Saturday night, amongst the things that will likely come to mind for Gurnell when he sets foot on Texas high school football’s biggest stage is how his willingness to embrace some wise counsel has ultimately allowed his gift to make room for him.

Yep. What a difference two years have made for a young, gifted kid whom, to his credit, has managed to attract interests from a host of college, a trend he expects to increase much sooner than later.

“I have spoken to Lyon College over the phone and Texas State University (scouts) in person,” said Gurnell, adding that Oklahoma State and SMU have expressed interests in his services.

REMEMBER THE NAME — A 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior defensive tackle, Gurnell has practically held his own and made a name for himself as a marquee player for a Panther defensive unit that denied perennial power Allen of a second consecutive state title with a 44-35 win.

Surely, Gurnell’s short list of schools, in all likelihood, will expand, considering just this past summer, he attended camps at SMU, OSU, Baylor, TCU, the University of Houston, Rice University, and Texas A&M Commerce, among others.

“There will be no problems off the field,” said Gurnell, when asked what direct message he’d like to send to college scouts and recruiters. “I always make sure to conduct myself in a respectable fashion and that my grades are never a problem. Right now, I’m preparing for the state final game against North Shore, and I plan to continue to lift weights through the winter and do some conditioning once it gets warmer.”

If nothing else, for a youngster who’s a relatively newcomer to football, Gurnell certainly has become knowledgeable of the prerequisites essential for landing an athletic scholarship.

“The coaches give honest feedback,” Tamara Gurnell said of her son’s constant progression to the sport. “Essentially, Barak is a diamond in the rough. Because he is so new to the sport, the learning curve is massive.”

All things considered, one would be hard-pressed to discover just how “massive” of a curve it is, given the sustained success Gurnell has enjoyed in such a brief timeframe.

“He is a quick study, and in football, intellect is key,” said Tamara Gurnell, sounding very much like a prep football insider. “(The Duncanville coaching staff) believe he will be offered a (partial) scholarship, if not a full one, mainly because there is limited film due to his late start in the sport. They believe he will surely be an asset, because of his character and great grades.”

PUTTING IN WORK — If nothing else, for a youngster who’s a relatively newcomer to football, Gurnell certainly has become knowledgeable of the prerequisites essential to landing an athletic scholarship.

Something even a former NFL player had recognized at a birthday party.

Speaking of party, expect the Gurnells to host one if the Panthers upend North Shore Saturday night in Arlington, which is roughly two towns over from Duncanville.

Heck, expect them to throw an even bigger party if Barak Gurnell pulls off the unthinkable by signing a National Letter of Intent in the foreseeable future , which undoubtedly would be a massive, remarkable feat for a relatively newcomer to the sport.

“I will be proud (if he earns a football scholarship), because he is one step closer to his independence,” Tamara Gurnell said. “I am enjoying the man he is becoming.”

A youngster who already exhibits the frame of an NFL defensive lineman.

Talk about impressive.


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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.

Dallas actress Ash’Lee Priscilla making a name for herself in a career that spans two decades

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


DALLAS — Ash’Lee Priscilla doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s diligently working her way toward ensuring that two of her major ambitions come to fruition.

“My ultimate goal is to win an Oscar an open a fine arts college,” Ash’Lee Priscilla told Making Headline News this week.

REMEMBER THE NAME — Much to her delight, she’s not only appropriately discovered her passion and purpose in her selected industry but, because she’s in the prime of her career, it’s safe to assume that Dallas’ Ash’Lee Priscilla’s best and brightest days as an actress are well ahead of her.

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Ash’Lee Priscilla is destined to make such monumental dreams realities, look no further than the continuous progress and strides she’s made since delving off into the ever-so-competitive industry as an actress.

For starters, the 27-year-old Ash’Lee Priscilla will take yet another step toward making her presence felt in her element when she stars in a couple of compelling upcoming shows, most notably the Burning Flame on November 25 at the Plaza Arts Center (located at 1115 Fourth Avenue in nearby Carrollton, Texas), a play that’s written by Corta Ish and directed by Jennifer Sands.

A STAR IS BORN — A graduate of Grambling State University, Ash’Lee Priscilla will star in a couple of compelling upcoming shows, most notably the Burning Flame on November 25 at the Plaza Arts Center (located at 1115 Fourth Avenue in nearby Carrollton, Texas), a play that’s written by Corta Ish and directed by Jennifer Sands.

Not to be outdone, Ash’Lee Priscilla will star as the character Zori in the informative, drama-filled play entitled, Why Women Trip, which will take place December 8, at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, located at 650 South Griffin Street in Dallas.

All things considered and to her credit, these forthcoming shows essentially are favorable steps for this young actress, whose career undoubtedly is headed in the right direction.

“I have been acting since I was six years old,” Ash’Lee Priscilla, a native of Dallas, said.

Much to her delight, she’s not only appropriately discovered her passion and purpose in her selected industry, but because she’s in the prime of her career, it’s safe to assume that Ash’Lee Priscilla’s best and brightest days as an actress are well ahead of her.

PUTTING IN WORK — An acting tenure that spans more than two decades, Ash’Lee Priscilla’s skills were initially discovered when began acting and competing in a local theater, she recalls.

So remember the name — Ash’Lee Priscilla.

An acting tenure that spans more than two decades, Ash’Lee Priscilla’s skills were initially discovered when began acting and competing in a local theater, she recalls.

“My mother would register me in oratorical contest at my church and school,” said Ash’Lee Priscilla, a 2009 graduate of Dallas’ Booker T. Washington High School for The Performing and Visual Arts. “Every time I competed I won. That’s when I realized I had a gift.”

Fortunately for this young, vibrant actress – who’s armed with a wealth of talent and beauty — her gift has, by all accounts, made room for her.

So much, in fact, that she’s diligently working her way toward ensuring that two of her major ambitions come to fruition.

DREAM CHASING — To grasp a thorough understanding of why Ash’Lee Priscilla is destined to make such monumental dreams realities, look no further than the continuous progress and strides she’s made since delving off into the ever-so-competitive industry as an actress.

So remember the name — Ash’Lee Priscilla.


“The acting industry is a very competitive industry, so competing in competitions while I was younger prepared me for rejection and success. I don’t believe in giving up on your dreams, so determination has propelled me to pursue a career in acting.” — Ash’Lee Priscilla


A career that has existed for some two decades and counting.

So far, so good for this proud Grambling State University alum, who’s going to great lengths to ensure that she remains relevant in an industry whereby it seems the competition grows stiffer by the day.

For what it’s worth, Ash’Lee Priscilla seems to be handing the competitive side of acting rather masterfully, in large part because of her solid competitive nature, coupled with her bend-but-don’t-break faith.

DESTINY STEPS — For what it’s worth, Ash’Lee Priscilla seems to be handing the competitive side of acting rather masterfully, in large part because of her solid competitive nature, coupled with her bend-but-don’t-break faith.

“What I like the most about being an actress is the power to minister to other people through entertainment,” said Ash’Lee Priscilla, whose immeasurable talents have been put on display in such places as Louisiana, Georgia, California, North Carolina, and New York, among other establishments. “Acting is ministry as well as therapy, because I can escape from my own issues in life and portray someone else’s life or story.

“I truly believe I was born with the ability to change people live through entertainment.”

Just like those actresses and actors to whom she looks up, most notably Cicely Tyson, Angela Basset, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Ntzoke Shange, Denzel Washington, and Will Smith, among others.

“My mission is to be an inspiration to many people throughout my whole life,” said Ash’Lee Priscilla, adding that mother, Teresa Lackey, and a host of theater instructors have played major roles in her acting career. “I was created to educate the world…you can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you.”

That, after all, goes to show that we had better remember the name — Ash’Lee Priscilla.

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth actress Ash’Lee Priscilla, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ashlee.smallwood. Also, send email to: ashleesmallwood@yahoo.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.

 

Dallas/Fort Worth entrepreneur Marquist Johnson’s food service venture enjoying sustained success

DALLAS — Marquist Johnson is an opportunist.

A pretty darn good one, in fact.

SEASON OF HARVEST — A native of Dallas whose primary job is an Escalation Rep for Ambit Energy, Marquist Johnson’s business food service business is in its infancy stages.

Consider, for instance, how just recently, Johnson — a Dallas/Fort Worth-area businessman who has become a fixture in the food catering service industry — had suddenly witnessed his entrepreneurship skills be put to test during a customary barbershop appointment.

“I went to the barbershop today to get my haircut, and before I left, four orders were placed,” Johnson wrote in a midday Facebook post last week. “Thanks everyone, for the business.”

For Johnson, 37, that his business venture is steadily enjoying a favorable presence throughout Dallas’ spacious Metroplex has benefited him mightily, a trend he aspires to enhance much sooner than later.

A native of Dallas whose primary job is an Escalation Rep for Ambit Energy, Johnson’s business food service business is in its infancy stages.

Given the tireless support he’s garnered since he delved off into entrepreneurship, it’s safe to assume the sky’s undoubtedly the limit for this young, vibrant businessman whom, to his distinctly unique credit, is fulfilling his long-awaited dream.

HIT HIM UP, Y’ALL — Regardless of the occasion, Johnson’s business is designed to accommodate anyone, any business, or any company with a wide range of delectable foods and desserts, especially with the annual holiday season approaching.

“I’ve always thought of ways to make extra money on the side,” Johnson told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “I feel this business venture was the best idea since it came so natural, and it’s not a hard sell to the public.”

A 2000 graduate of Wilmer–Hutchins High School, Johnson said what he loves  mostly about his business is that he’s afforded the luxury of being his own boss.

Add to the notion that his wife, Crystal, has exhibited unyielding support to his newly-established endeavor, and it’s no wonder Johnson seems on the road to savoring sustained success.

“My late grandmother helped spark my interest in cooking,” said Johnson, paying homage to those who fueled his interest to become engaged in the ever-so-competitive food service industry. “She’d always have me helping her in the kitchen for the holidays. We would also watch cooking shows together on Saturdays.  My wife also gave me the push to start this business up.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

To his credit and much to his delight, one would be hard-pressed to realize that Johnson’s food service business is in its infancy stages.

Regardless of the occasion, Johnson’s business is designed to accommodate anyone, any business, or any company with a wide range of delectable foods and desserts, especially with the annual holiday season approaching.

So hit him up.

LEADING THE CHARGE — A 2000 graduate of Wilmer–Hutchins High School, Johnson said what he loves  mostly about his business is that he’s afforded the luxury of being his own boss.

“I’d like to use this business as a way to meet new people and inspire others to be self-driven,” Johnson said.

Fortunately for him, it seems that people are already inspired, given what unfolded recently during a regular barbershop appointment.

That, to his credit, is a sign of things to come.

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businessman Marquist Johnson, connect with him via Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/marquist.johnson.7. Also, send email to: quise713@gmail.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.

 

 

Dallas/Fort Worth author Mel Brown McGinnis’ newly-released book drawing a variety of rave reviews


MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES MEL BROWN MCGINNIS


Come unto Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)


DALLAS — For Mel Brown McGinnis, age isn’t merely just a number, particularly as it pertains to her immeasurable gifts as a writer.

Consider, for instance, how at just the tender age of 14, McGinnis was appropriately introduced to her awe-inspiring gift as a writer, an introduction that, much to her delight, was orchestrated by God Almighty.

“I’ve known since I was 14 years old that writing is my calling and my God-given gift,” McGinnis told Making Headline News this week. “I’ve been writing poetry since that time, but was never in a position to publish my work.”

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CONSTANT PAGE TUNER — Dallas/Fort Worth-area author Mel Brown McGinnis is a little less than two months removed from having witnessed the much-anticipated release of her book entitled, “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images.” (Photos By Lynsey Wade)

Fortunately for McGinnis, that all changed some four years ago.

That’s because in 2014, this Louisiana native began working diligently on her novel.

Never mind that she consequently endured the dreaded writer’s block or, as she recalls, she “couldn’t quite move the story and the characters forward.”

Fast forward to some three years later, September 2017 to be exact.

“I was having dinner with an author friend of mine and we were discussing the timeline for finishing my book,” McGinnis explained. “I mentioned to her that I didn’t know if I was quite ready to move forward with the novel, but that I had all of these poems that I had written a few years back that really helped me to get through some dark days.”

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LOUISIANA PURCHASE — A spiritually-enhancing and kingdom-advancing written work that is comprised of 134 pages, McGinnis’ “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images” is the debut literary work of this remarkably brilliant author and poet.

It was, by all accounts, because of those darks — those spiritually challenging and wilderness experiences — that have greatly helped propel McGinnis to authorship greatness.

That’s because McGinnis is a little less than two months removed from having witnessed the much-anticipated release of her book entitled, “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images.”

A spiritually-enhancing and kingdom-advancing written work that is comprised of 134 pages, McGinnis’ “Reflections Of Life: A Collection Of Poetry, Prose, And Images” is the debut literary work of this remarkably brilliant author and poet from the small town of Monroe, Louisiana.

“This compilation takes you on a journey of love, loss and triumph,” said a spokesperson for McGinnis’ new book in a thorough breakdown at Amazon.com. Reflections is a collection of inspirational poetry, prose, and pictures from all over the world taken by the author during her travels, including selections from the author’s photo collection, ‘Natural Elements.’ The poetry, prose, and images work together to tell stories of empowering women, finding love after heartbreak, advocating against domestic violence, navigating the political landscape, creating pathways to success from humble beginnings, reveling in a love of sports, and paying tribute to a musical legend.”

What’s even more astounding for McGinnis is that since the recent release of her book, she’s managed to garner an array of rave reviews, many of which have blanketed her social media timelines.

A licensed attorney and certified sports agent, McGinnis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a minor in Mass Communications and Journalism from Louisiana State University.

STANDING OVATION — What’s even more astounding for McGinnis is that since the recent release of her book, she’s managed to garner an array of rave reviews, many of which have blanketed her social media timelines.

“The message that God is using me to deliver is that no matter how dark the days may be, never give up on yourself and never give up on your dreams,” McGinnis said. “I use this book to discuss themes of women’s empowerment and advocating against domestic violence.”

McGinnis said a percentage of sales from her book are donated to Women Called Moses, a local nonprofit organization that provides resources and support for victims of domestic violence.

Credit McGinnis’ keen ability to press and navigate through arguably the toughest of times, coupled with her devout faith in God, as amongst the grandest reasons her Creator essentially handpicked her for such a time as now to advance His kingdom, most notably through her endeavor as an author.

“After a difficult divorce, I was in a very dark place mentally,” McGinnis explained. “I didn’t know how to move forward in my life and I struggled just to get through each day. I would pray to God and say, ‘Ok God, so let’s make a deal. If You will just give me the strength to get through the day and get back to my car, then I can just cry when I get in the car on my way home. But please don’t let me have a breakdown at work.’

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“I cried every day literally for six months straight, and I just didn’t think I was going to get through it,” McGinnis continued. “But I did. One day, I went home and I said, today will be the last day I cry about this. And it was. Prayer was my source of strength. I just want people to know that no matter how hard things get, have faith in God and His plan for your life, and you can get through anything.”

Fortunately for McGinnis, she has been afforded the golden opportunity to make public appearances to promote her newly-assembled book which, in essence, is a unique ministry, of sorts, in its own right.

VIRTUOUS WOMAN — McGinnis is having an immediate and massive impact as an author, this having recently made her authorship debut.

Following what was a busy past few weeks, during which her book has become a constant fixture in the community and on the literary circuit, McGinnis will continue her book tour with a return to her native establishment of Monroe to host what is known as “Conversations With Mel.” This event will involve a Q & A segment and book signing and will take place at the Ouachita Parish Library on October 12.

McGinnis is scheduled to host a similar event on October 13 at the Louisiana Cotton Museum in nearby Lake Providence, where she was raised during the early years of her life.

Also, she will stop in Fort Worth, where she will attend the Women In Local Government Summit that is known as Women in Leadership: A Seat at the Table on October 25, during which she will be a guest speaker and a panelist, but isn’t expected to promote her book.

BUT GOD — Credit McGinnis’ keen ability to press and navigate through arguably the toughest of times, coupled with her devout faith in God, as amongst the reasons her Creator essentially handpicked her for such a time as now to advance His kingdom.

However, she will be promoting “Poetry & Prose” on October 28, which will be highlighted by live readings and a book signing at Victory Drinklab in New Orleans.

In wrapping up the tour, McGinnis will be on hand for “Conversations From The White Sofa” that is powered by the Book Club Brunch, an event that will take place in February 3, 2019 in Plano, Texas.

Talk about having an immediate and massive impact as an author, this having recently made her authorship debut.

“I am first a child of God, and I truly believe I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me,” McGinnis said. “I would hope to inspire others to believe the same.”

GOD’S LEADING LADY — Fortunately for McGinnis, a proud alumnus of Louisiana State University, she has been afforded the golden opportunity to make public appearances to promote her newly-assembled book which, in essence, is a unique ministry, of sorts, in its own right.

That she’s certainly doing with God, her Helper, leading the way.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Mel Brown McGinnis, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at:

Facebook: authormelmcginnis

Instagram: @authormelmcginnis

Twitter: @author_mel

Also, send email to: authormelmcginnis@gmail.com.


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Former pro baseball icons to be honored during Joaquina Winslow’s inaugural Mayors And Players Gala Oct. 12

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES JOAQUINA WINSLOW


Joaquina Winslow isn’t just widely known as a notable ambassador throughout the Houston metropolitan area.

Interestingly, she’s a sports enthusiast in her own right.

So much, in fact, that Winslow’s Pure Urban Excellence LLC is will hold its inaugural Mayors And Players Gala.

BRIDGING MASSIVE GAPS — Longtime businesswoman Joaquina Winslow’s Pure Urban Excellence LLC is will hold its inaugural Mayors And Players Gala.

The event will take place on October 12 from 5 to 10 p.m. CST at Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, located at 16090 City Walk in Sugar Land, Texas.

A star-studded event that is expected to attract a host of politicians, as well as current and former professional athletes and sports media types, the Mayors And Players Gala will be centered largely on bridging the gap between athletes and politicians, particularly during an era in which social injustice is seemingly dominating headlines.

“This is a great chance for politicians to meet and interacts with the athletes,” Winslow, a native of Baton Rouge, told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

Most importantly, bridging what undoubtedly is a massive gap between these professionals will be the primary focus during this event, Winslow emphasized.

“It’s going to show that players and politicians can be in the same room,” said Winslow, an accomplished businesswoman who is the chief executive officer of the Baton Rouge-based Black Wall Street, a Christian-based movement that was founded in 2014.

Also, during Winslow’s inaugural gala, attendees will have the chance to witness former baseball legends, Grover “Deacon” Jones and J. R. Richard, share the platform, as well as be honored for their valiant contributions to professional sports and society.

PAVING THE WAY — A former Ithaca College star, Grover “Deacon” Jones threw right-handed, but batted left-handed and enjoyed an 11-year minor-league stint that began in 1955 through 1969, during which he batted .319 with 154 home runs and a slugging percentage of .528.

A retired player, coach, manager, and scout, Jones, 84, appeared in 40 Major League games as a first baseman and pinch hitter for the Chicago White Sox, first from 1962–63 and then in 1966.

A former Ithaca College star, Jones threw right-handed, but batted left-handed and enjoyed an 11-year minor-league stint that began in 1955 through 1969, during which he batted .319 with 154 home runs and a slugging percentage of .528.

Interestingly, Jones still holds the Midwest League record for the highest single-season batting average when he hit .409 for the Dubuque Packers in 1956. He also compiled 135 hits to accompany 26 homers and manufactured a .758 slugging percentage in only 330 at-bats.

LEAST WE FORGET — Selected with the second overall pick in the 1969 Amateur Draft by the Astros directly out of high school, J. R. Richard had ultimately made his Major League debut two seasons later, a stint that lasted through the end of the 1975 season.

As for Richard, 68, he also enjoyed a successful professional career as a starting pitcher in the big leagues from 1971 through 1980 as a member of the Houston Astros.

Selected with the second overall pick in the 1969 Amateur Draft by the Astros directly out of high school, Richard had ultimately made his Major League debut two seasons later, a stint that lasted through the end of the 1975 season.

While assuming a limited role with the Astros, Richard tossed no more than 72 innings in a season but, in 1975, he enjoyed his first full season in the majors as a starting pitcher.

SHE’S GOT CONNECTIONS —  Also, during Winslow’s inaugural gala, attendees will have the chance to witness former baseball legends, Grover “Deacon” Jones and J. R. Richard, share the platform, as well as be honored for their valiant contributions to professional sports and society.

As for her forthcoming gala, while Winslow is especially grateful to attract a gallery of big name political figures and former athletes, she emphasized that other pertinent issues and information will be addressed.

“A lot of stem cell therapy will be talked about,” said Winslow, referring to her Pure Urban Excellence movement. “So that’s an aspect I want to highlight as well.”

Prior to the start of the Mayors And Players Gala, a red carpet event will take place at 5 p.m.

For more about Businesswoman Joaquina Winslow of Pure Urban Excellence LLC,  send email to: pureurbanexcellence@gmail.com. Also, log on to www.pureurbanexcellencenc.wixsite.com/mysite/events.


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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.


Dallas/Fort Worth entrepreneur Toya Knowles doing it big in Texas as successful salon owner

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES TOYA KNOWLES


DALLAS — Toya Knowles is a proud native of Illinois.

Much to her delight, she’s doing things big in Texas.

Consider, for instance, the awe-inspiring passion for her vision, a development to which Knowles essentially was introduced way back when she was in grade school — the sixth grade to be technical.

“I got a full ride to Lewis University in Lisle, Illinois on an academic scholarship,” Knowles, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said, explaining in great detail how she had managed to discover her God-orchestrated gifts. “However, I knew since I was in sixth grade that I wanted to do hair. I was that kid in the neighborhood doing everyone’s hair.”

REPRESENTING “THE CHI” WELL — A native of Chicago, Toya Knowles, 47, has flourished mightily, thus made a name for herself as one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s finest beauty professionals and salon owners.

In what undoubtedly has become a remarkable sequence of events, Knowles has gone from one of the neighborhood’s most sought-after hair stylists to one whom, well, is doing big things in Texas.

A native of Chicago, Knowles, 47, has flourished mightily, thus made a name for herself as one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s finest beauty professionals and salon owners.

Once a stellar and talented multi-sport athlete, Knowles wasted little time delving off into this ever-so-competitive cosmetology industry, having made the leap into her selected field immediately after earning her high school diploma from Chicago’s Harvard St. George.

DESTINY STEPS UNFOLDING — Knowles’ salon — located at 12021 Dallas Parkway, Suite 132 inside of Phoenix Suites in nearby Frisco, Texas — will go into full operations October 16.

“Once high school was over, I went straight to beauty school,” Knowles said. “I believe I am more of a beauty coach. I love share everything I know and learn with everyone. Sharing is caring.”

As for how her competitive drive has greatly helped propel her to function in her element for such a time as now, Knowles contends that such a drive doesn’t really exist as it pertains to her profession.

Knowles’ salon, located at 12021 Dallas Parkway, Suite 132 inside of Phoenix Suites in nearby Frisco, Texas, will go into full operations October 16.

“When I think competitive, I think of competing with someone, and for me, it’s never been about competing with anyone,” Knowles said. “It is just doing what I love and continued learning and growing at what I love to do.”

Like a number of her peers and colleagues, Knowles was destined from the outset to — for a lack of better words — get in where she fits in.

THE BUSINESSLIKE APPROACH — As for how her competitive drive has greatly helped propel her to function in her element for such a time as now, Knowles contends such a drive doesn’t really exist as it pertains to her profession.

Look at her today, a proud native of Illinois whom, much to her delight, is doing things big in Texas.


“I believe there’s always room for anybody in this career as it’s a billion dollar  industry, so it’s no need to compete. It’s (all about being) inspired by other people to allow you to continue to grow and being around like-minded people. I simply just love what I do. I love to see everyone that sits in my chair feel good about themselves and, for me, it’s not just about focusing on the outside. It’s about focusing on the inside as well.” — Texas Entrepreneur Toya Knowles 


With her continuous progress as a thriving businesswoman has emerged an assortment of lofty goals and ambitions, something about which Knowles is empowered to tackle head on.

GOD’S PLAN — In what undoubtedly has become a remarkable sequence of events, Knowles has gone from one of the neighborhood’s most sought-after hair stylists to one whom, well, is doing big things in Texas.

“My goal was to go to Jones Commercial Career Academy to take business management in my junior and senior year, then go to hair school,” Knowles said. “But when the public schools went on strike, my dad made me stay in private school.”

Despite those assortment of obstacles, Knowles steadfastly kept her focus on what mattered most — her monumental vision of fulfilling her goals and ambitions.

And that she has surely done, a trend that has given way to her savoring the best of both worlds, both in the Windy City and Big D.

“As of now, my venture has allowed me to build two amazing clienteles in Chicago and Dallas,” Knowles said. “Even though I no longer do hair in my home town, I still get phones calls on a weekly basis about my services in Chicago from my YouTube a channel. And the best part is I’m still very close to all my clients, who have now turned into friends and family. I don’t care to say clients.  I prefer friends and family.”

Speaking of family, Knowles is especially grateful to hers for helping to steer her in the right directions, particularly as it relates to maximizing her potential in such a competitive and popular industry.

“Well if I had to say who inspired me, I will have to say my daddy, even though he was totally against me going to hair school,” said Knowles, who also credits her mother, grandmother, and a host of others for their valiant support. “It made me want to show him how much I was passionate about it and, once he saw me in action, he became my No. 1 fan.”

‘NOT TODAY, DEVIL’ — Despite those assortment of obstacles, Knowles steadfastly kept her focus on what mattered most — her monumental vision of fulfilling her goals and ambitions.

Fortunately for her and to her distinctly unique credit, Knowles has at her disposal a slew of solid and dedicated fans and supporters, many of whom make up the very clients — err, family and friends — she routinely services.  

“My personal mission is to impact anyone who sits in my chair and to teach them how to create their blueprint for their lifestyle,” said Knowles whom, on November 5, will be launching a 16-week course on short hair. “I believe when you have people that inspire you and poured into you, it’s only right to give back what you have learned . You must pay it forward.”

To her credit, she certainly paying it forward virtually daily, all the while doing things big in Texas in the process.

For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth Businesswoman Toya Knowles or to inquire about her services, call 773-330-1876. Also, send email to: iamtoyaknowles@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.

Shreveport, Louisiana businesswoman Melody Henderson-Davis making her dreams realities as owner of ‘global reach’ PR agency

What a difference a five dollar allowance has made.

At the time, Melody Henderson-Davis was just 12 years when, well…perhaps she can explain it best.

“When I was twelve years old, I could not wait to get my five dollar allowance on Friday’s and head straight to the super market and purchase a magazine,” Henderson-Davis, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said while recalling the memorable events that have greatly inspired her to start her business. “I loved everything the publications represented. Once I would finish reading them, I felt informed. I was aware. I felt empowered and had a better sense of self.”

Consequently, over the next few years, Henderson-Davis began to grasp a feel for what she aspired to do, particularly from a career standpoint.  

“I knew then that I wanted to grow up and be the girl in the magazine,” Henderson-Davis said. “No, not the models, although I did go to a few open calls. But the girls that I wanted to be, their names were on the second or third page in the magazine…editor-in-chief, writer, editor, reporter. A journalist.  I started then making intentional efforts to develop my skill-set.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

Upon graduating high school and then enrolling in college — first at Southern University at Shreveport and then the University Louisiana at Lafayette — Henderson-Davis declared Broadcast Journalism as her major.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Henderson-Davis, 34, is presently enrolled in graduate school, where is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Relations.

What’s even more intriguing is that even while advancing her education, Henderson-Davis is going to great lengths to broaden her entrepreneurship skills and mechanics as owner and chief executive officer of PR Expressions/Public Relations With Melo Davis, her self-founded public relations boutique agency that is based in the Shreveport area but, according to this accomplished businesswoman, “We have a global reach.”

A business venture that went into full operations approximately one year ago — although Henderson-Davis’ public relations experience spans more than 12 years — PR Expressions/Public Relations With Melo Davis is widely known for working with virtually everyone, most notably small businesses, non-profit organizations, and faith-based and religious institutions, among others.

MORE ON MELODY’S BUSINESS VENTURE:  www.prexpressions.com

“As an agency, we increase our clients’ visibility through media exposure and customize business strategies,” Henderson-Davis explained. “Our agency has helped countless new start-ups establish their brands. Some people only had an idea and we consulted them into their launch phase.”

To her credit, Henderson-Davis’ business has made favorable strides since its inception last year, considering she has been afforded the luxury of service clients throughout the United States.

MAKING MAJOR MOVES IN THE LOU — Louisiana-based businesswoman Melody Henderson-Davis is going to great lengths to broaden her entrepreneurship skills and mechanics as owner and chief executive officer of PR Expressions/Public Relations With Melo Davis, her self-founded public relations boutique agency that is based in Shreveport area but, according to this accomplished businesswoman, “We have a global reach.”

Which, of course, means that if this past year is any indication, PR Expressions/Public Relations With Melo Davis’ best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

“My inspirations comes from those who invest into helping others recognize who are they are,” Henderson-Davis said. “I am thankful for the people who were placed in my path to remind me greatness was within me. When I didn’t operate in it, they challenged me to challenge myself.”

For what it’s worth, those frequent life-enhancing challenges, coupled with her quest to fulfill her dream in this ever-so-competitive Mass Communication industry are paying off mightily for Henderson-Davis, who is continuing to make tremendous strides while functioning diligently in her element.

“This resonated with me because I knew I had it in me,” Henderson-Davis said of the assortment of life lessons she’s learned throughout the years. “I just had to meet the challenge. This is how I overcame the many adversities that I faced.”

YOU GO GIRL!!!! A business venture that went into full operations in approximately one year ago — although Henderson-Davis’ public relations experience spans more than 12 years — PR Expressions/Public Relations With Melo Davis is widely known for working with virtually everyone, most notably small businesses, non-profit organizations, and faith-based and religious institutions, among others.

Not to mention, sums up how she become inspired to devise ways to see beyond her weekly allowance at the tender age of 12.

Not that she wasn’t merely appreciative of her five dollar weekly allowance. But Henderson-Davis doesn’t shy away from the notion that it was due in large part to her small weekly pension she customarily acquired as a child that essentially enabled her to discover the passion and purpose for which God has created her.

“I always found a way to meet the challenge in order beat the challenge,” Henderson-Davis said. “Most times, it wasn’t right away, but I never gave up on the possibility. My mindset has always been win-win. Even when I was failing, I knew one day I would thrive. I simply had to implement strategic planning.”

What a difference a five dollar allowance has made.

For more information about PR Expressions/Public Relations With Melo Davis, call 318.773.3829. Also, email her at: melodyhenderson.davis@gmail.com

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