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

KEEPING IT 100

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

Don’t get it twisted.

Shelia Sewell isn’t merely boasting or bragging.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


YOU GO GIRL!!! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And the rest, as they say, was history.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So don’t get it twisted.


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


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Mid-South businesswoman Linda Keys’ Mississippi Coats4Kidz nonprofit organization impacting lives of youths

A TRUE ANGEL — A retired Corporate America professional, Linda Keys is Founder and CEO of Mississippi Coats4Kidz, an up-and-coming nonprofit organization whereby Keys’ primary mission is to ensure that all children in Batesville, Mississippi and the surrounding areas are wearing new winter coats for the winter, according to a detailed description of her venture at http://www.mississippicoats4kidz.org.

For Linda Keys, a brief stop by the internationally-acclaimed fast food restaurant that is famous for its golden arches eventually resulted in a golden opportunity for her to be a blessing to someone.

Countless individuals, come to think of it.

A retired Corporate America professional, Keys is the Founder and CEO of Mississippi Coats4Kidz, an up-and-coming nonprofit organization whereby Keys’ primary mission is to ensure that all children in Batesville, Mississippi and the surrounding areas are wearing new winter coats for the winter, according to a detailed description of her venture at http://www.mississippicoats4kidz.org.

“The smile, laughs, crying, and the happiness I can bring to a child,” Keys, 62, during a weekend interview with Making Headline News, said when asked what she loves the most about her organization, which essentially is in its infancy stages. “Some of these children have never had a new coat before. Just being able to help others (is special to me).”

There is, of course, at least one valid reason, Keys acknowledged, for thinking it essential to exemplify the gift of giving by way of warm, comfortable coats.

“Do you know the health problems come with a cold child without a coat,” Keys said. “A child cannot do their best in school if they are cold.”

To grasp a thorough concept of why Keys, a native Mississippian and Quitman County High alum, had become greatly inspired to start Mississippi Coats4Kidz, look no further the development that took place in nearby Marks, Mississippi approximately two years ago.

KIDZ COUNT — There is, of course, a valid reason, Keys acknowledged, for thinking it essential to exemplify the gift of giving by way of warm, comfortable coats. “Do you know the health problems come with a cold child without a coat,” Keys said. “A child cannot do their best in school if they are cold.”

“On a very cold morning in November 2015, I was visiting my mom,” Keys explained in a personal story on her nonprofit organization’s website. “I decided to go to the local McDonald’s for coffee. On my way there, I saw five little kids at the bus stop with no coats on in freezing.”

MORE ABOUT COATS4KIDZ: www.mississippicoats4kidzorg.

Consequently, witnessing those youngsters try all they could to brave the sub-freezing temperatures only fueled Keys’ desire to fortify the gift of giving the best way she knew how.

“The drive came from seeing children with no coats in the winter in Mississippi,” Keys said. “Mississippi Coats4Kidz is truly dedicated to doing what we are doing.”

ESTEEMING OTHERS — Arguably the biggest reasons Keys’ organization is extremely vital is that she cited that roughly 246,000 children live in poverty in Mississippi, meaning chances are, they have either outgrown their coat or don’t own one.

Much to Keys’ delight, other North Mississippi-area organizations have partnered with her to offer support for what has become an ongoing positive movement.

“We get funds from individuals, businesses, and First Security Bank has allowed us to put drop boxes in all their surrounding areas branches,” Keys said. “(We also get support from) civil clubs and churches.”

In supporting this notable cause, Keys is pleading with Mid-Southerners to either donate funds through the Mississippi Coats4kids GoFundMe account or provide her organization with new coats.

DONATE HERE TO MISSISSIPPI COATS4KIDZ: https://www.gofundme.com/MississippiCoats4kidz?utm_medium=wdgt.

MORE EXPOSURE — Much to Keys’ delight, other North Mississippi area organizations have partnered with her, thus become inspired to support her on what has become an ongoing positive movement.

“The reason we go with new coats is because used coats must be cleaned and what it cost to clean you can purchase a coat,” Keys explained. “Some of these kids have never had a new coat, so it makes them feel great and their self-esteem goes up.”

The customary smiles on youngsters’ faces are priceless, Keys said.

“Smiling makes them feel their worth and reminds them that someone cares,” Keys said. “We give more than just a coat. Together we can make a difference. Together we can have no child in Mississippi without a coat.”

HELP THEM, PLEASE — In supporting this notable cause, Keys is pleading with Mid-Southerners to either donate funds through the Mississippi Coats4kids GoFundMe account or provide her organization new coats.

Arguably the biggest reasons Keys’ organization is extremely vital is that she cited that roughly 246,000 children live in poverty in Mississippi, meaning chances are, they have either outgrown their coat or don’t own one.

Also, on Tuesday, November 14,  Keys’ organization will partner with The University of Mississippi Foundation to distribute coats to residents of Tunica, Coahoma, Quitman, Lafayette, Panola, Calhoun, Grenada, and Tippah Counties.

“We have provided coats for Tallahatchie  and Tate (Counties),” she said. “We started giving out coats October 30. Some counties are larger than others, so we have more kids in some counties.”

Keys is especially grateful of the tireless efforts of those who have bought into her mission of helping families in need.

“We can do this,” said Keys, adding that her organization caters the children ranging in ages three months to 12 years old. (My organization) has taken me to parts of Mississippi that I didn’t know (existed). It has opened my eyes to opportunities I didn’t know where there. My personal mission is to provide coat for children every winter.”

What a huge difference a quick trip McDonald’s has made.

 

For more information about Linda Keys and Mississippi Coats4Kidz, call 314-749-6011 or send email to: mscoats4kidz@gmail.com

 

 

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

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