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Chicago’s Chaundra Gore enhancing her empowerment spiritual gifts through LensOfFaith Speaks Coaching and Consulting


And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 NKJV)


GOD’S FAITH STEPPER 

CHI-TOWN’S FINEST — A native of Chicago, Chaundra Gore, 37, is the founder and CEO of LensOfFaith Speaks Coaching and Consulting, a venture she established in 2017.

As it pertains to individuals’ quest to advance the kingdom and discover their God-given purpose, amongst the key and most effective attributes they must possess is solid leadership skills.

Amongst those who can greatly attest to this notion is Chaundra Nicole Gore.
During a weekend interview with Making Headline News, Gore credited legendary Civil Rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as having had arguably the most influential impact on her life.
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired me from the age of seven when I first started speaking in school, winning competitions and writing my speeches,” Gore recalled. “I was born to speak.
And, to her distinctly unique credit, she’s done a masterful job of not just putting her immeasurable speaking gifts on display but, most importantly, she routinely goes to great lengths to aid others to maximize their potential.
A native of Chicago, Gore, 37, is the founder and CEO of LensOfFaith Speaks Coaching and Consulting, a venture she established in 2017.

MORE ON CHAUNDRA GORE’S ORGANIZATION: https://www.facebook.com/lensoffaithspeaks/

Nearly two years removed since its inception, Gore’s LensOfFaith Speaks Coaching and Consulting is widely known for assisting servant leaders to discover their purpose, as well as exercise their power, thus walk by faith to live an abundant life.

In essence, LensOfFaith Speaks Coaching and Consulting is thoroughly committed to transitioning the mind through meditation, prayer, and the utilizing what Gore refers to as the ‘discovering YOU’ program, which is designed specifically to each person based on their end goal, Gore acknowledged.

“I love being able to serve people, transform lives, and reach my destiny while helping others do the same,” Gore said of a rising organization that mostly serves individuals ranging in ages 25-to-55.

ARMY OF THE LORD — As Gore hinted, it was, by all accounts, because of her tenure in the military that essentially allowed her to draw close to God, a development that, much to her delight, drove her to the purpose for which she was created.

As for her competitive drive that has greatly enabled her to discover a greater version of herself, Gore credits her awe-inspiring journey as a disabled Army veteran, a stint that spans nearly two decades.

“I have always been competitive through my years of service,” Gore explained. “And so as I became closer to God, I found out what my true calling was — using the three steps (assist servant leaders to discover their purpose, exercise their power, and walk by faith to live and abundant life).

As Gore hinted, it was, by all accounts, because of her tenure in the military that essentially allowed her to draw close to God, a development that, much to her delight, has driven her to the purpose for which she was created.

BEACON OF LIGHT — “I love being able to serve people, transform lives, and reach my destiny while helping others do the same,” Gore said of a rising organization that mostly serves individuals ranging in ages 25-to-55.

“God used the Army as a training ground for me to develop as a servant leader, because he was birthing me for such a time as this,” Gore said. “If I could teach, train, and motivate soldiers, God knew I would be ready for His people. So here I am, ready to motivate, inspire and encourage servant leaders to reach their destiny.”


And boy is she putting forth a valiant effort in the process, all the while God continues to strategically enlarge her territory, in large part because of her steadfast act of obedience.

During a weekend interview with Making Headline News, Gore credited legendary Civil Rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as having had arguably the most influential impact on her life.

“My personal mission to impact the lives of God’s people by helping them discover their true God given ability, by simply trusting God, doing intentional work to find their niche (through) fervent and effective prayer, and the power of meditation to quiet the mind and gain clarity and understanding,” said Gore, who’s been afforded to put her spiritually-empowering gifts on display in such places as Georgia, New Jersey, Chicago, Florida, South Carolina, and the Virgin Islands.

A graduate of Chicago’s Morgan Park High, Gore earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Devry University and a Master’s of Science in Leadership from Grand Canyon University.

She’s currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Leadership Ed.D from Grand Canyon University.

Also, Gore is a radio talk show host for Encouraging Yourself Show, which is affiliated with an All Nations Stellar award-winning radio station.


SAVE THE DATE!!!

The host of LensOfFaith LIVE on Facebook/YouTube that airs at 8 p.m. EST, Gore is an accomplished leadership strategist, destiny catalyst, international speaker, motivational coach, ghostwriter, as well as an Amazon bestselling author.

Married to Kenneth D. Gore Jr. for 11 years, the couple shares a blended family that’s comprised of seven children.

Interestingly, Gore’s passion is centered largely on help heal people who have suffered abuse, trauma, low self-esteem, doubt, and fear whereby she provides effective resources and tools to help them heal and grow.

Gore’s itinerary includes the Fresh Wind 2020 Focus and Aligned event that’s powered by LensOfFaith Speaks Coaching and Consulting.

Nearly two years removed since its inception, Gore’s LensOfFaith Speaks Coaching and Consulting is widely known for assisting servant leaders to discover their purpose, as well as exercise their power, thus walk by faith to live an abundant life.

Accompanied by the theme, “A Night Of Networking Power,” the Fresh Wind 2020 Focus and Aligned empowerment event will take place January 25 from 6-10 p.m. at the American Legion, located at 3810 West Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa.

“I have been speaking forever in the Army to a specific group of people, but now I am touching the hearts and minds of whomever God leads me to impact,” Gore said. “It is imperative that I inspire others. That is what God designed me to do. Why not make someone else smile, motivate them to succeed and live their life just as God I tended them to do?”

Something to which she can greatly attest now that she’s functioning mightily in her God-given purpose.


For more information about Lithia, Florida-area Businesswoman Chaundra Nicole Gore, MSL, or to book her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 224.421.4996. Also, send email to: lensoffaithspeaks@gmail.com.


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Houston’s Optimum Security Professionals President Marshall Isom bringing awareness to human trafficking


“I am confident that we will one day end the scourge of modern slavery, because I believe in those committed to this issue.” — Former U. S. President Barack Obama


‘NOT ON OUR WATCH’

DALLAS — Marshall D. Isom isn’t just your typical crime prevention professional.

He’s one who diligently thinks outside the box.
Consider, for instance, Isom’s steadfast approach to human trafficking.
“As a husband, father, and businessman, my public safety and security concerns are an extension of the daily thoughts I have for my immediate family and community as well as our staff, employees and clients,” Isom told Making Headline News this week.
It is due in large part because of Isom’s keen passion for combatting human trafficking that the President of Optimum Security Professionals has deemed it essential to stress to private businesses the importance of implementing a strategic and effective security plan for its respective establishments, particularly during arguably the busiest shopping season of the year.
Isom emphasized, among other things, that private businesses should strongly consider executing a security plan that includes — but isn’t limited to — manned patrols, video surveillance, radio communications, access controls.

MORE ON OPTIMUM SECURITY PROFESSIONALS: http://optimumsecuritypros.com/

There are a variety of reasons why, he acknowledged.

“A crime prevention plan is the most essential tool local businesses and living communities can implement to deter and prevent all criminal activity, especially kidnapping simply because it’s proactive,” Isom said. “A failure to plan is a plan to fail.”

According to research implemented by Making Headline News, the publication has learned that human trafficking is extremely common in Texas.

For instance, according to a report at https://alliesagainstslavery.org/, approximately 79,000 minors and youth are victims of sex trafficking in Texas and approximately 240,000 workers are victims of labor trafficking.

There are currently 313,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas and traffickers exploit roughly $600 million from victims of labor trafficking in Texas, the report cited.

What’s even more astounding, the report said, is that minor and youth sex trafficking cost the State of Texas approximately $6.5 billion.


DID YOU KNOW…

By definition, human trafficking is modern day slavery that customarily occurs when one person uses manipulation, threats and/or violence to control another person in order to take advantage of them for economic gain.

Also, human trafficking can take the form of labor exploitation where victims are forced to work without pay. Conversely, labor trafficking occurs across many different economic sectors and industries.

It may also come in the form of sex trafficking where vulnerable individuals are forced to participate in commercial sex acts through force, fraud or coercion (particularly when the individual is not yet 18 years of age).

Given such figures concerning human trafficking, Isom has gone to great lengths to send a rather direct and forthright message to private and local businesses.

“(I’m suggesting they consider) taking a greater interest, even responsibility, in your customers’ safety and security is just good business,” said Isom, who’s also Chairman and CEO of The Proverbs Group, LLC. “The customer’s perception is your reality, meaning if a customer feels threatened by simply visiting your store or shopping center, they are less likely to return. The goal of a company is to earn a customer for life. Please add private security to help reduce this horrific, life altering public safety issue.”

A credible security firm that is headquartered in Houston, specifically at 1980 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 1500, in the Post Oak Central complex, Optimum Security Professionals’ longstanding mission is geared largely toward providing customer service oriented protection, which is the process of preventing the loss of life, property, or injury by strategically combining traditional aspects of guard services, most notably surveillance, client/guest engagement, crisis management, as well as patrolling with the skill and attitude of delivering helpful, professional, high quality assistance.

Optimum Security Professionals provides coverage to over 50 full, part-time, and seasonal (and event) clients throughout the Southeast Texas region, most notably schools, shopping centers, manufacturing and storage facilities.


“Our clients consistently express gratitude for an increase in customer service, job performance, and employee morale and the reduction in safety related events like slip, trip and fall reports and security incidents like breaking and entering, loitering, trespassing and domestic violence,” said Isom, alluding to what his company’s clients’ favorable feedback regarding its viable and strategic security presence.


A father of three who routinely stresses the importance of human trafficking awareness to his family, Isom stressed that private and local businesses often forget the power they have to influence change.

“Please ask your favorite businesses to consider adding security to their daily operations management plan,” Isom emphasized. “It’s also important that everyone learn self-defense. It could save your life. There are techniques that when practiced routinely, can increase your chances of surviving an abduction event.”

IN HIS OWN WORDS — “A crime prevention plan is the most essential tool local businesses and living communities can implement to deter and prevent all criminal activity, especially kidnapping simply because it’s proactive,” Isom said. “A failure to plan is a plan to fail.”

In a strategic attempt to bring about more awareness to human trafficking, Optimum Security Professionals will host a free monthly self-defense class for women in the Houston metropolitan area beginning in December, Isom said.

For more details on about these monthly sessions, visit Optimum Security Professionals at optimumsecuritypros.com/human-trafficking.


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Arkansas businesswoman Mykia Brooks defies slew of odds, establishes a flourishing nonprofit organization


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


GOD’S BEACON OF LIGHT 

SHYNE ON ME — A native of Blytheville, Arkansas, Mykia Brooks is the founder and CEO of Shyne Her Light INC., her Mid-South-area non-profit organization that is centered largely on promoting unity within women empowerment.

To her distinctly unique credit, Mykia Brooks isn’t your typical 27-year-old.

Credit the fact that she’s diligently on fire for God as arguably the biggest reason why.
For what it’s worth, it is due in large part to Brooks’ spirited and innovative disposition that have greatly enabled her to function mightily in her element, both as a Pastor and thriving entrepreneur — with God, her Helper, steering the way.
“What I like most is the women who are motivated by God (and that God is) using me to share my story or encourage them,” Brooks, during an interview this week with Making Headline News said, when asked what she likes the most about her flourishing venture.
A native of Blytheville, Arkansas, Brooks is the founder and CEO of Shyne Her Light INC., her Mid-South-area non-profit organization that is centered largely on promoting unity within women empowerment.

MORE ON SHYNE HER LIGHT INC.: https://www.shyneherlight.org/

Interestingly, Shyne Her Light sometime last year was spearheaded as a women empowerment group on Facebook and nearly 400 women have since joined Brooks’ credible organization, which has become widely known for its fervent commitment to empower, equip, and edify women to become the best versions of themselves.

Moreover, Brooks’ nonprofit organization has steadfastly set itself apart as an advocate for mental health, diabetes, and cancer, she told MHN.

That’s not all.

“Shyne Her Light INC. believes in helping, motivating, and inspiring every woman, no matter her race, background, or where she is from,” Brooks said. “(We strive to) soar into the greatness that she is born to be.”

RAPID GROWTH — Interestingly, Shyne Her Light sometime last year was spearheaded as a women empowerment group on Facebook and nearly 400 women have since joined Brooks’ credible organization, which has become widely known for its fervent commitment to empower, equip, and edify women to become the best versions of themselves..

In addition, Shyne Her Light INC. customarily provides mentoring for individuals ranging in ages 16-and-up, focusing mainly on personal development, professional development, business marketing, and spiritual guidance.

Also, Shyne Her Light INC. hosts business seminars for women, particularly those who aspire to start a business or currently run a business, but are seeking to network or gain pertinent information that would greatly enable them to become businesswomen.

“We look forward to the now and future to helping women no matter the situation or her past soar and evolve,” Brooks said.

By and large, Brooks’ Shyne Her Light INC. emerged amid humble beginnings. Amongst the reasons is that Brooks has surpassed things in her life, a trend that had ultimately given way to her ability to disconnect her from her purpose, as mentioned in a detailed introduction of her organization at https://www.shyneherlight.org/aboutceo.


THE PROVERBS 31 AFFECT 

Though she has yet to reach her 30’s, Brooks undoubtedly has endured her share of turmoil, from having conquered depression, molestation, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, mental abuse in relationships, diabetes, and financial struggles, among other things.

But God…

“She has overcome her biggest giants and uses her pain and trauma to empower other women to soar,” said a spoke for Brooks Shyne Her Light INC.

Interestingly and much to her delight, Brooks’ credible organization was birthed primarily when God once commanded her “to keep shining your light,” she recalls.

She’s since taken her Father’s direct commands and made it apart of the divine purpose for which she was created.

Yep, that’s just like God, always providing for His children a much-needed way of escape.


“God gave me that when I was being mentally abused,” said Brooks, alluding to the startup of her nonprofit. “Every time I post about Shyne Her Light, I’m reminded how I beat depression, sickness, suicidal, overcame low self-esteem, and created a platform for women to soar and become whom God intended for them to be.”


Brooks is overwhelmingly grateful of the notion that all things have worked together for her good.

“I knew that I (was) created for a purpose even when I fought my toughest battles of dealing with diabetes and going through the process of almost losing my eyesight,” Brooks explained. “God’s hands were on me for such a time like this. I stand for every woman that have or is facing depression, molestation, hardship, and healing.”

WHAT ABOUT US? Shyne Her Light INC. customarily provides mentoring for individuals ranging in ages 16-and-up, focusing mainly on personal development, professional development, business marketing, and spiritual guidance. Also, Shyne Her Light hosts business seminars for women, particularly those who aspire to start a business or currently run a business, but is seeking to network or gain pertinent information that would greatly enable them to become business women.

Upon graduating high school in 2010, Brooks earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminology Psychology from Arkansas Northeastern Community College in May 2013.

She is currently enrolled at Liberty University, where she is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Life Coach and Counseling Psychology and is expected to graduate is May 2021.

She will then pursue a Masters in Professional Counseling (Clinical Mental Health) and boasts lofty aspirations of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Though she has yet to reach her 30’s, Brooks undoubtedly has endured her share of turmoil, from having conquered depression, molestation, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, mental abuse in relationships, diabetes, and financial struggles, among other things.

A progressive nonprofit organization that has enjoyed constant success since it went into full operations on September 2, 2019, Brooks’ itinerary includes hosting Shyne Her Light’s inaugural Meet & Greet Seminar on December 21 at 6:30 p.m. CST at Nehemiah’s Holy Temple, the church she pastors that’s located at 1400 Chickasawba in Blytheville.

An event that will be accompanied by the theme, “Sunshine Like A Boss, Act Like A Woman” and is free and open to the public, this meet and greet will feature a few speakers, many of whom will provide strategic insight on starting a business, personal finances, business finances, skin care, having a healthy lifestyle, everyday makeup for working women, digital marking, and “so much more,” Brooks said.


SEASON OF DESTINY STEPS 

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — Upon graduating high school in 2010, Brooks earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminology Psychology from Arkansas Northeastern Community College in May 2013. She is currently enrolled at Liberty University, where she is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Life Coach and Counseling Psychology and is expected to graduate is May 2021.

Brooks’ Shyne HER Light was originally named “Shyne Your Light,” which was an encouragement name to which God had introduced her when she was praying on a way to escape a toxic relationship mired by mental abuse.

Interestingly, Brooks would subsequently change the name of her organization to “Shyne HER Light” once her empowerment group was officially established, in large part because she realized all through which she has gone was to help the next woman.

To her credit, she’s been nothing short of remarkable — with God, her Helper, steering the way.


MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTES MYKIA BROOKS:


For more information on Blytheville, Arkansas-area Businesswoman Mykia Brooks of Shyne Her Light INC., to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 870.278.5723, or connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/MykiaBrooksMSB. Email her at: shyneherlight@gmail.com.


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Los Angeles’ own La Toyia Hampton generating favorable reviews through her newly-produced book


I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18 NIV)


PURPOSED FOR PAIN 

GOD’S PLAN — For La Toyia Hampton, a native of Los Angeles who resides in Lancaster, California, her ideal way of escape through that about which she had endured came wrapped up in an awe-inspiring book. Also known as an accomplished transformational coach, speaker, and empowerment mentor, Hampton is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Now I Know: The Hidden Victim (If You Can’t Protect Yourself, You Can’t Protect Your Children).”

La Toyia Hampton doesn’t look like what she’s been through.

Need more proof?
Consider, for instance, the turmoil and seemingly insurmountable obstacles she had to face, particularly during a time where it seemed there was no conceivable way of escape.
“In 1998, when my own children were removed from me,” Hampton, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, recalling the tumultuous events that gave way to having delved off into the authorship industry. “I realized that I was repeating a cycle set for me by my grandparents. I needed others to know that there is another way.”
For Hampton, a native of Los Angeles who resides in Lancaster, California, her ideal way of escape through that about which she had endured came wrapped up in an awe-inspiring book.

BUY AUTHOR LA TOYIA’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/NOW-KNOW-HIDDEN-VICTIM-YOURSELF/dp/1082386030

All things considered, Hampton sensed that because she’s shared her assortment of life-changing experiences in her newly-produced book, strongholds have been broken in her life.

Also known as an accomplished transformational coach, speaker, and empowerment mentor, Hampton is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Now I Know: The Hidden Victim (If You Can’t Protect Yourself, You Can’t Protect Your Children).”

An inspiring and empowering written work that is comprised of 90 pages Hampton’s “Now I Know: The Hidden Victim (If You Can’t Protect Yourself, You Can’t Protect Your Children)” made its ceremonious debut on the market on July 30, 2019.

In a book that has already garnered an assortment of rave reviews, Hampton deemed it essential to remind the masses that your children are affected by the trauma you experience in your life, as mentioned in a detailed introduction at Amazon.com.

An inspiring and empowering written work that is comprised of 90 pages Hampton’s “Now I Know: The Hidden Victim (If You Can’t Protect Yourself, You Can’t Protect Your Children)” made its ceremonious debut on the market on July 30, 2019.

“Even if they have not witnessed a single incident, children are connected to their mother through their very being,” said an Amazon spokesperson for Hampton’s ‘Now I Know: The Hidden Victim (If You Can’t Protect Yourself, You Can’t Protect Your Children).’ “At one point, each child was connected by every breath, every emotion, and every heartbeat to the only life source they know — mother. When mothers are experiencing pain of any sort, their children are hurting as well. Children spend time hurting, not understanding why.”

To her credit, Hampton has gone to great lengths to share a great deal of transparency in a book that figures to have an influential impact for years to come.


“I want every victim of domestic violence to know that as a mother that is the victim, the likelihood is that your child is being abused in some form,” said Hampton, explaining the divine message she aspires to get across to her reading audience. “We often think because our kids are not being physically hit or not seeing us as mothers being abuse that they are not affected by the abuse.”


As Hampton explained, she vividly recalls like yesterday her downtrodden season in the wilderness.

“I was sexually assaulted in bed with my intoxicated mother lying next to me,” Hampton said. “I chose to write this book, because I felt that I was the only one that I have experienced so much trauma as a person. I had such a horrific childhood. I (sensed) I was the only person until it was brought to my attention that other women have these experiences.”

In a book that has already garnered an assortment of rave reviews, Hampton deemed it essential to remind the masses that your children are affected by the trauma you experience in your life, as mentioned in a detailed introduction at Amazon.com.

All things considered, Hampton sensed that because she’s shared her assortment of life-changing experiences in her newly-produced book, strongholds have been broken in her life.

Now she’s destined to inspire others to follow suit — with God, her Helper, steering the way.

“Because of (my experiences), I decided to go back and make sure that every person that can hear my voice understands that they, too, can move out of trauma and become a healthy whole woman again, living beyond the past trauma and past experiences.”

Without question, she would know, in large part because this beloved author and devout woman of faith surely don’t look like what she’s been through.


SEASON OF THE REBIRTH 

“In 1998, when my own children were removed from me,” Hampton, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, recalling the tumultuous events that gave way to having delved off into the authorship industry. “I realized that I was repeating a cycle set for me by my grandparents. I needed others to know that there is another way.”

For more information about Lancaster, California Author/Businesswoman La Toyia Hampton, or to schedule her for a public appearance, book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her on social media at: https://www.facebook.com/latoyia.hampton. Also, send email to: Latoyia@twolifestyles.com.


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Arizona businesswoman Celest Taylor carrying on her son’s memory through her empowerment endeavor


I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14 NIV)


BLESSED BEYOND MEASURES

THIS IS THE LORD’S DOING — Because she stayed true to herself, because she stayed with God, the Giver of life, what she had ultimately discovered was that God strategically positioned her so that He could, in turn, blow her mind. And so it came to pass, the startup of Celest Taylor’s progressive, flourishing business venture that is Blessed & Beautiful Beginnings LLC, her Phoenix, Arizona-based venture that is centered largely on having a global impact, most notably through the ever-so-competitive empowerment industry.

For Celest Taylor, it was, by all accounts, a life-changing development she describes as “tragedy to triumph.”

Still, because she stayed true to herself, because she stayed with God, the Giver of life, what she had ultimately discovered was that God strategically positioned her so that He could, in turn, blow her mind.
And so it came to pass, the startup of Taylor’s progressive, flourishing business venture that is Blessed & Beautiful Beginnings LLC, her Phoenix, Arizona-based venture that is centered largely on having a global impact, most notably through the ever-so-competitive empowerment industry.
Armed with more than 2 ½ decades of retail experience and 16 years in customer service, Taylor’s Blessed & Beautiful Beginnings LLC has become a fixture for wedding and event planning.
In addition, this devout woman of faith customarily serves as a motivational speaker through her notable endeavor, all the while overseeing the day-to-day operations of her online boutique.

MORE ON CELEST TAYLOR’S VENTURE: http://www.blessedandbeautifulbeginnings.com/

For Taylor, a native of Philadelphia, her rise to achieving entrepreneurship success didn’t come easy.

Rather, it came full circle amid arguably the most downtrodden season of her young life.

Also the founder and CEO of Sisters Blessing Sisters & Blessed Kings United LLC, Taylor established her featured venture after the death of her oldest son, Edward Taylor, whose life was tragically cut short on July 17, 2007 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Left to recall his awe-inspiring memory and carry out his legacy, Taylor, at some point in time, sensed she had no choice but to become totally dependent and reliant of God for some much-needed sense of direction.

She’d be the first to admit she’s glad she did.


REMEMBERING EDWARD

“I made a promise (to God) that each year, we’d honor Him by honoring others (through) giving,” said Taylor, whose empowerment venture accommodates individuals ranging in ages 25-to-75 years of age. “We have something for everyone.”

To her credit, Taylor’s venture has greatly afforded her the golden opportunity to impact and inspire the masses in such places as Boston, New York City, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Phoenix, as well as in Beverly Hills, California, where she will host a women’s event in the foreseeable future.

Also the founder and CEO of Sisters Blessing Sisters & Blessed Kings United LLC, Taylor established her featured venture after the death of her oldest son, Edward Taylor, whose life was tragically cut short on July 17, 2007 in Asheville, North Carolina.

“We’re also rebuilding and starting over worldwide through Google and Instagram,” Taylor said. “(We want) to give back and make a difference and build our outreach and motivational (speaking) events and venues.”

Much to her delight, Taylor has been afforded the golden opportunity to expand her immeasurable empowerment gifts, considered she recently hosted what is known as “Our Blessed & Beautiful Beginnings Sisters Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon,” as well as “Our Sisters Blessing Sisters Domestic Violence Awareness Prayer Dinner.”

Armed with more than 2 ½ decades of retail experience and 16 years in customer service, Taylor’s Blessed & Beautiful Beginnings LLC has become a fixture for wedding and event planning. In addition, this devout woman of faith customarily serves as motivational speaker through her endeavor, all the while overseeing the day-to-day operations of her online boutique.

October is recognized annually as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a campaign to increase awareness of the disease. October also is recognized annually as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Also, in December, Taylor will be host what is known as “Women United Worlwide A Celebration of Women.”


“And I love it,” Taylor said of her assortment of public appearances and speaking engagements. “That’s my goal each day (to esteem others daily) and leave out the door, knowing I’m making a difference and changing a life with love, kindness, compassion, wisdom, and no nonsense.”


All things considered, Taylor doesn’t shy away from the notion that the immeasurable strides she’s making throughout the kingdom is what her late son would have wanted.

Taylor earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Health Care Studies from Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. She’s currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree from Strayer University.

Much to her delight, Taylor has been afforded the golden opportunity to expand her immeasurable empowerment gifts, considered she recently hosted what is known as “Our Blessed & Beautiful Beginnings Sisters Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon,” as well as “Our Sisters Blessing Sisters Domestic Violence Awareness Prayer Dinner.”

For more information about Phoenix, Arizona-area Businesswoman Celest Taylor of Blessed & Beautiful Beginnings LLC, follow her on social media at:

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North Carolina businesswoman Gail Eaves thriving fervently as a licensed professional, national certified counselor


We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1 KJV)


HEART OF GOLD 

DESTINY STEPS — Is it, by all accounts, because of Gail Eaves’ competitive nature through her profession that she has been afforded the golden opportunity to function mightily in her element as a credible licensed professional counselor for Brookdell & Beck Counseling Services.

Ever since Gail Eaves has become an accomplished businesswoman in her selected profession, she has gone to great lengths to enhance the divine purpose for which she was created.

It is a trend by which Eaves doesn’t in any way, shape or form take lightly.
Consider, for instance, how Eaves has appropriately found her niche in an ever-so-competitive psychology industry — most notably the mental health — that spans some 12 years.
“My competitive drive in life propelled me for my venture by encouraging me to study mental illness from a clinical platform and provide local services to our community,” Eaves told Making Headline News this week.
Is it, by all accounts, because of Eaves’ competitive nature through her notable profession that she has been afforded the golden opportunity to function mightily in her element as a credible licensed professional counselor for Brookdell & Beck Counseling Services.

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A STEP ABOVE THE REST — Amongst the reasons people who boast a need for counseling have entrusted Eaves to assist and educate them through with her wide range of knowledge is because she undoubtedly is armed with the credentials, which have enabled her to emerge as of the most productive efficient professional counselors in the Carolinas.

Located at 905 Irving Avenue in Eden, North Carolina — a rural town of roughly 15,527 residents, according to the latest U. S. census — Brookdell & Beck Counseling Services is widely known for offering therapy services for adults, children, and elders, particularly in Eden and surrounding areas.

Interestingly, this company has emerged as unique one of its kind, in large part because it customarily provides efficient services to couples, families, groups, as well as individual sessions.

As far as it what refers to as its “demographic specialty,” this company accommodates people of various ethnicities, as well individuals with disabilities.

Eaves, 62, who also assumes the role as a national certified counselor, has become a fixture in her selected line of work, considering she currently owns a private practice in behavior health.


“I provide tools that educate and guide individuals with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger issues, grief, and relationship challenges,” Eaves said. “I provide behavioral health services to clients from six years old to 120 years old.”


To her credit, coupled with her immeasurable professional track record, some of Eaves’ clients have deemed it essential to travel from other states to solicit her services, a trend she fully welcomes and hopes will continue.

“I have clients that come from nearby states,” Eaves, a native of Reidsville, North Carolina, said. “Many clients drive more than 100 miles weekly to receive our services.”

Interestingly, Eaves emphasized that she thrives fervently, particularly as it pertains to helping clients discover their inner strengths, talents, not to mention assisting them with identifying ways to enjoy life, regardless of life’s circumstances.

Amongst the reasons people who boast a need for counseling have entrusted Eaves to assist and educate them through with her wide range of knowledge is because she undoubtedly is armed with the credentials, which have enabled her to emerge as of the most productive efficient professional counselors in the Carolinas.

A professional counseling stint that went into operations in 2014, Eaves holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Community Study.

Located at 905 Irving Avenue in Eden, North Carolina — a rural town of roughly 15,527 residents, according to the latest U. S. census — Brookdell & Beck Counseling Services is widely known for offering therapy services for adults, children, and elders, particularly in Eden and surrounding areas.

In addition, she has earned a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in its School of Psychology with a specialization in Addiction.

“What I like most about my business is simply being present for a person and providing a safe, empathetic environment for the client who is going through a difficult season,” Eaves said.


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“My competitive drive in life propelled me for my venture by encouraging me to study mental illness from a clinical platform and provide local services to our community,” Eaves told Making Headline News this week.

Interestingly, Eaves emphasized that she thrives fervently, particularly as it pertains to helping clients discover their inner strengths, talents, not to mention assisting them with identifying ways to enjoy life, regardless of life’s circumstances.

Eaves’ venture is a member of the Eden Chamber of Commerce.

“(That) is inspiring,” Eaves said of her personal mission through the services she provides.

All things considered, what it all boils down to is taking the power out of mental illness, Eaves acknowledged.

“(It’s about) restoring self-love, faith, and peace throughout communities,” she said. “I believe it is a spiritual requirement to rise and shine and bless others with our talents and gifts.”

Credit the divine purpose for which she was created as arguably the biggest reason why.


For more information about North Carolina Businesswoman Gail Eaves of Brookdell & Beck Counseling Services, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 336.432.7400  or log on to https://www.brookdellandbeckcounselingservices.com/. Follow her on social media at: https://www.facebook.com/gail.eaves.7. Also, send email to: geaves.therapist@gmail.com.


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Louisiana Christian author Wendy Magee’s second book geared toward helping others embrace their purpose


I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14 NIV)


EMBRACING PURPOSE 

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — A devout woman of faith who has been married for more than 12 years, New Orleans author Wendy Magee deemed it essential to put her immeasurable authorship gifts on display for a second time, this time with the release of the newly-produced book entitled, “You Are Unique: Embrace It.”

Wendy Magee was all ears.

She heard all of what essentially was nothing more than murmuring and complaining —at least from a spiritual perspective.

Even as she listened attentively to a gallery of women collectively question the purpose for they were created, she sensed it was a civic duty to helped steer them in the right direction with God, her Helper, steering the way.
“I began hearing many women questioning their purpose,” Magee told Making Headline News this week. “As I spoke with these women, I found that many of them have been married for several years and feeling like they have lost themselves and didn’t have a purpose.”
A devout woman of faith who has been married for more than 12 years, Magee deemed it essential to put her immeasurable authorship gifts on display for a second time, this time with the release of the newly-produced book entitled, “You Are Unique: Embrace It.”

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A spiritually-empowering written work that was published in March 2019, Magee’s “You Are Unique: Embrace It” is a 21-day devotional that is accompanied by a rather intriguing and innovative blog this New Orleans-based author has been assembling since 2017.

A spiritually-empowering written work that was published in March 2019, Magee’s “You Are Unique: Embrace It” is a 21-day devotional that is accompanied by a rather intriguing and innovative blog this New Orleans-based author has been assembling since 2017.

For her valiant efforts through her latest book, Magee has been nominated to for what is known as the prestigious Henri Award, which will be announced at the 2019 Christian Literary Awards December 7.

There are two opportunities for recipients to win at the Christian Literary Awards, as mentioned at http://christianliteraryawards.com.


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In each category, one author will be the recipient of the Henri Award selected by a confidential panel of judges.

In addition, one author in each “Popular Vote” category can win The Readers’ Choice Award.

Voting is currently taking place online at http://christianliteraryawards.com and ends October 31. The author who receives the most votes within each category will be the recipient for The Readers’ Choice Award.

For Magee, this is the second time she’s been nominated for such an honor.

Her first book, “And She Called Him Lord,” was up for a 2016 Henri Award, a project that eventually became an Amazon Bestseller.

FOR STARTERS — Magee’s first book, “And She Called Him Lord,” was up for a 2016 Henri Award, a project that eventually became an Amazon Bestseller.

A book that is comprised of 88 pages, Magee’s “And She Called Him Lord” was designed for both married couples and couples who aspire to become married.

Magee’s third book, “A Servant Attitude: Delayed Obedience Is Disobedience,” is presently in the works.

A timetable for the release has yet to be announced, she said.

As for Magee’s latest book, she emphasized this project was designed to strategically provide what she labels “powerful strategies” on how to embrace your greatness.

IN HER OWN WORDS — “Through my writing of the book, I found the love for running and fitness,” Magee said. “I found purpose to inspire people to push beyond their limits to find greatness.”

“Each day is filled with life-changing advice, utilizing the word of God that you can apply to your own life,” Magee, a Port Arthur, Texas native, said.

A book that is spearheaded by the familiar Biblical passage that is Psalm 139:14, Magee’s latest written work has come full circle with the unyielding support of her husband, David Magee.


“(Our) purpose is to help people find out their purpose,” Magee explained. “The world wants you to think that as a woman, wife, mother, even a young lady that you don’t have purpose, but the word of God tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.”


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THE AMOS 3:3 AFFECT — A book that is spearheaded by the familiar Biblical passage that is Psalm 139:14, Magee’s latest written work has come full circle with the unyielding support of her husband, David Magee.

Interestingly, Magee was inspired to compose her latest book not just for the sole purpose of enhancing the lives of others, but she also found some personal inspiration while carrying out her latest Christian-based assignment.

“Through my writing of the book, I found the love for running and fitness,” Magee said. “I found purpose to inspire people to push beyond their limits to find greatness.”

Much to her delight, her God-mandated mission undoubtedly has been accomplished.


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For more information New Orleans Author Wendy Magee, to order her books, to schedule a public appearance, book signing, or speaking engagement, call 910.499.2383, or connect with her via social media at:

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Once a high school dropout, Texas businesswoman Felicia Jeffries becomes a successful, educated entrepreneur


I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14 NIV)


REPRESENTING ‘DA SIP’

SEASON OF BLESSINGS — A native of Holly Springs, Mississippi, Felicia Jeffries, 39, is an accomplished business and credit consultant as the mastermind behind Moore Financial Services, a board certified credit consultant endeavor that has greatly afforded her the golden opportunity to reap her share of sustained success.

DALLAS — One thing about Felicia Jeffries, she undoubtedly knows her God-given worth.

That is why come hell or high water, she’s become destined to possess and savor the abundant life that Christ came to give her.
“God put me here for that purpose,” Jeffries, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, explaining why it is imperative to esteem others daily. “The law of nature shows that the universe and nature works by cooperation and support. Human beings, when in a healthy, cooperative environment with support and love, can thrive and reach unsurpassing heights.
“I want to be the reflection of God’s light and help others see His grace and mercy through me in everything I do.”
To Jeffries’ credit, she certainly has proven to be a “reflection of God’s light,” particularly through her valiant contributions as a successful Dallas/Fort Worth-area businesswoman.
A native of Holly Springs, Mississippi, Jeffries, 39, is an accomplished business and credit consultant as the mastermind behind Moore Financial Services, a board certified credit consultant endeavor that has greatly afforded her the golden opportunity to reap her share of sustained success.

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Widely known amongst her peers as “The Business Whisperer,” Jeffries has developed a keen passion for helping business owners repair their personal credit — this after she spent a considerable amount of time as a paralegal some nine years ago.

Then, three months after having starting college, Jeffries expanded her business-related repertoire when she assumed a position for a business and bankruptcy attorney.

As Jeffries recalled, her quest to fulfilling her God-given purpose arose amid a rather disheartening development involving one of the clients of an attorney.


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“We got a case from a young black boutique owner who was being sued by a large leasing company for being unable to pay her rent,” Jeffries explained. “She went five months without paying rent, because it was too expensive for her business’ budget. The leasing agency wanted payment in full. She couldn’t produce it, so they sued her.”

Jeffries, in fact, had essentially become affected by the client’s unfortunate situation.

“She walked into the office, crying with no money for an attorney,” Jeffries said. “So the attorney took the case Pro Bono (for free). The attorney reviewed the lease looking for loopholes and told the client she owed the money, because there were no loop holes. So we filed for bankruptcy.


SEASON OF THE REBIRTH 

“Since I knew about business credit and how its built on the EIN and not the owner’s social security number, I started separating business owners from their companies, not only to have the limited liability protection, but also to be able to obtain more borrowing power, to have that competitive edge to obtain those large corporate and government contracts, and just be all around credible,” said Jeffries, the author of the newly-produced book entitled, “Diary of Your Favorite Animals Near Extinction: Volume 1.

“The client wanted her merchandise out of the store,” Jeffries continued. “The leasing company wouldn’t release it. The attorney had to file a motion for the company to release the merchandise. They fought the motion, but our client won; however, the leasing agency’s representatives were angry. They called the client in the middle of the night and told her to pick up her stuff.

“The client arrived to the locked store with her merchandise sitting outside in black garbage bags…about $25,000 in merchandise. Not only that, they had poured oil on her merchandise. What they didn’t pour oil on, they broke. The attorney sued the leasing agency, but because it is a multi-billion dollar company, they fought against that lawsuit until the client finally just gave up and disappeared.”

It was, in fact, because of that downtrodden situation that Jeffries had become even more inspired to make a difference in her selected industry.

“Seeing this case made me want to help people repair their credit,” Jeffries said. “So I started a consumer credit repair firm after receiving the education to repair credit.”

Fortunately for Jeffries, a host of business owners began soliciting her services to have personal credit restored for their respective businesses.

MAKING STRIDES — Jeffries eventually earned her GED in 1998. Approximately 12 years later, she her garnered an undergraduate degree in Legal Studies, and in 2011, she would become fully certified as a credit consultant. Not to be outdone, Jeffries received certification from UCLA for Global Entrepreneurship in 2016 and earned certification in grant writing the following year.

“Since I knew about business credit and how its built on the EIN and not the owner’s social security number, I started separating business owners from their companies, not only to have the limited liability protection, but also to be able to obtain more borrowing power, to have that competitive edge to obtain those large corporate and government contracts, and just be all around credible,” said Jeffries, the author of the newly-produced book entitled, “Diary of Your Favorite Animals Near Extinction: Volume 1. 

For this native Mid-Southerner, her rise to entrepreneurial success didn’t come easily, considering Jeffries dropped out of high school during her sophomore.

Luckily for her, someone was able to see her potential long before she ever discovered it.


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“My former best friend’s mother saw our lives going nowhere and signed us up for Job Corp,” Jeffries said.

Jeffries eventually earned her GED in 1998. Approximately 12 years later, she acquired an undergraduate degree in Legal Studies, and in 2011, she would become fully certified as a credit consultant.

Not to be outdone, Jeffries received certification from UCLA for Global Entrepreneurship in 2016, then earned certification in grant writing the following year.

Talk about pulling off a dramatic comeback for the ages in this thing called life.

“Although, I am not perfect, I strive to be the type of human I would want my daughter to be,” Jeffries said.

To her credit, she’s doing just that, leading by example to the fullest.

With God, her Helper, steering the way.


For more information on Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Felicia Jeffries of Moore Financial Services, call her office at 888.387.1117 or fax to 888. 418.3978. Connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/ladiifelicia. Also, send email to: felicia@moorefinancialservices.net.


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Long before his personal encounter with Shaq, young Mekhi Welch has become a gifted sports buff

MEKHI’S MAD SKILLZ

HE’S THE TRUTH — For the child who’s widely known as “Mekhi,” a rather distinctly unique thing occurred some three years or so ago, according to his mother, Tawanna Chamberlain. “Mekhi has been a sports buff since the age of three,” Chamberlain told Making Headline News this week. “But when he started to read around five years old, he asked me to read books to him about the history of basketball and great players.”

DALLAS — Mekhi Welch is just eight years old, meaning for a kid his age, one would think he’s essentially in the beginner’s stage with regards to his knowledge about sports.

For the child who’s widely known as “Mekhi,” a rather distinctly unique thing occurred some three years or so ago, according to his mother, Tawanna Chamberlain.
“Mekhi has been a sports buff since the age of three,” Chamberlain, a Clearwater, Florida resident, told Making Headline News this week. “But when he started to read around five years old, he asked me to read books to him about the history of basketball and great players.”
And just like that, a rising young sports historian, of sorts, was born, considering Mekhi’s sports knowledge is such that he could perhaps teach these old vets a thing of two about arguably some of the celebrated athletes of our generation.
Thanks in large part to his mother routinely reading his autobiographies of Lewis Alcindor, Jr, (famously known today as Kareem Abdul-Jabar), Kobe Bryant’s “Mamba Mentality,” “When The Game Was Ours,” featuring Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson’s “Eleven Rings” Sam Smith’s “The Jordan Rules,” Mitch Albom’s “Fab Five,” Dick Devenzo’s “Stuff Good Players Should Know,” LeBron James’ “The Boy Who Became King,” Stephen Curry’s “The Boy Who Never Gave Up,” “Michael Jordan: The Life,” and “Little Shaq” by Shaquille O’neal,” among others, and it’s no wonder little Mekhi boasts lofty aspirations of someday emerging as household name in what has become a multi-million dollar sport industry, particularly for some the world’s most prominent sports journalists.

LOOK! IT’S DA BIG DIESEL!

GOTTA LOOK AT THIS THIS — “Then it happened,” Chamberlain said. “Three days later, I received a personal video message from Shaq to Mekhi and I almost lost it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a surreal moment in time. I couldn’t wait to show Mekhi that his hero, Shaq, had sent him a personal message. When Mekhi saw the message from Shaq, he was overjoyed. He was smiling from ear-to-ear and he talked about the video message all the way to school that morning.”

“We absolutely love to read in our home,” Chamberlain said son’s newfound gift as a sports enthusiast. “In fact, it’s our favorite pastime. We literally own more books than we can count, and when Mekhi would become disinterested with me reading countless of books to him, he would pick up his iPad and Google interesting basketball stats and facts.”

To his credit, the more he deems it essential to become knowledge about sports opposite those up-to-date scores that customarily scroll across SportCenter’s Bottom Line, the more it seems that Mekhi essentially broadens his journalistic mechanics that figure to set him apart mightily from his peers much more sooner than later.

Never mind that he’s only eight years of age.

“Over the last five years, he has become a real life NBA basketball Wikipedia,” said Chamberlain, trying the best she could to assess her young and gifted son’s amazing gift that centered on big time sports. “You can ask him any question you want to about players from Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem, Magic, Kobe, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Isaiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Tracy McGrady, Charles Barkley, Step Curry, Kevin Durant, Kwahi Leonard, Clay Thompson, Ben Simmons to Zion Williamson.”

Once someone picks Mekhi’s brain about any major professional athlete — past or present — they might as well brace themselves for what essentially will be said next.

“Amazingly, he can recall their height, what cities they were born in, all the teams that each player played on, what year they were recruited and drafted to the NBA, who their rivals were, their current stats, their highest scoring games in a season, the years they were injured, and how the injury impacted their careers,” Chamberlain said. “You should hear him tell the story about Yao Ming.”

And then there is Mekhi’s personal encounter with O’Neal, five-time NBA champion and former LSU All-American.

According to Chamberlain, her son and Shaq established friendship during which an awe-inspiring encounter took place, a development that resulted in her son being the beneficiary.


“Mekhi has always loved Shaq,” Chamberlain said. Since he was five years old, he would tell me that his dream was to play a game of one-on-one with Shaq. To Mekhi, Shaquille O’Neal is larger-than-life. The other day I was in the living room watching something on TV and a commercial for a national pizza chain came on. Just as the commercial came on, Mekhi walked out of his room and was mesmerized by the fact that Shaq was going all around the town delivering pizzas to people.”


Much to his delight, the young sports buff had become even more attentive to the commercial ad featuring his hero.

“Over the last five years, he has become a real life NBA basketball Wikipedia,” said Chamberlain, trying the best she could to assess her young and gifted son’s amazing gift that centered on big time sports. “You can ask him any question you want to about players from Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem, Magic, Kobe, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Isaiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Tracy McGrady, Charles Barkley, Step Curry, Kevin Durant, Kwahi Leonard, Clay Thompson, Ben Simmons to Zion Williamson.”

“Mekhi could not believe his eyes…he thought that was the coolest thing ever,” Chamberlain recalled. “Right after the commercial went off, Mekhi asked me to call or text Shaq and ask him to bring him a (Papa John’s) pepperoni pizza. I just looked at him with a blank stare—I honestly didn’t know what to say to him regarding his request, because I was thinking to myself, “Yeah right. I don’t know Shaq’s telephone number—so I can’t call or text him and ask him to bring a pizza over here.

“Mekhi wholeheartedly believed that I would know how to contact Shaq and he was very persistent, so he went as far as to go pick up my cell phone and he handed it to me and said, ‘Here mom, please go ahead and call or text Shaq.’”

Interestingly, things would eventually become even more interesting for Mehki.

“Mekhi wholeheartedly believed that I would know how to contact Shaq and he was very persistent, so he went as far as to go pick up my cell phone and he handed it to me and said, ‘Here mom, please go ahead and call or text Shaq.’”

“Not wanting to let my child down, I grabbed my phone and sent a ‘Hail Mary’ DM to Shaq on Instagram, because my son was standing right there watching me type the message,” Chamberlain said. “No pressure…and I hit, ‘send,’ never thinking that Shaq would actually see the message or read it.”

Boy, was she wrong — wrong for all the right reasons to put it more precisely.

“A few days passed, but everyday Mekhi would ask me, ‘Did Shaq text you back yet?’” Chamberlain said. “While looking for his pizza, he truly believed his favorite player wouldn’t let him down. So I would just remind Mekhi that Shaq is a very busy man, but told him that perhaps when he isn’t so busy, he would make time to respond to my message.”

Once someone picks Mekhi’s brain about any major professional athlete — past or present — they might as well brace themselves for what essentially will be said next.

Suddenly, the long-awaited and figurative slam dunk for which Mekhi had waited was finally executed.

“Then it happened,” Chamberlain said. “Three days later, I received a personal video message from Shaq to Mekhi and I almost lost it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a surreal moment in time. I couldn’t wait to show Mekhi that his hero, Shaq, had sent him a personal message. When Mekhi saw the message from Shaq, he was overjoyed. He was smiling from ear-to-ear and he talked about the video message all the way to school that morning.

“That same day, I was contacted by the National Pizza Chain via Twitter and they made it possible for Mekhi’s entire class to enjoy a pizza party, which made everyone’s day,” Chamberlain continued. “This is the stuff that dreams are made of.”

Much like the wealth of knowledge Chamberlain’s son has garnered as such a young age.

Stay tuned. This kid seems well on his way to making major moves in the sports world, something that, well, perhaps even Shaq has sensed.


REMEMBER THE NAME 

STAR WATCH — To his credit, the more he deems it essential to become knowledge about sports opposite up-to-date scores that customarily scroll across SportCenter’s Bottom Line, the more it seems that Mekhi essentially broadens his journalistic mechanics that figure to set him apart mightily from his peers much more sooner than later.

“It was so very thoughtful of Shaquille O’Neal to take a few moments out of his busy schedule to send Mekhi a message,” Chamberlain said. “It meant the world to him and it is something that he will never forget.”

With all of the sports knowledge he’s acquired in recent years, how could he?


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Texas mother Aleesha Simmons remembering her son’s legacy through a notable non-profit organization

DOING IT FOR DOUG

REMEMBERING DOUG — According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Doug Williams — who lettered in football, basketball, and track and field for Dallas’ Franklin D. Roosevelt High School — was conditioning in April at a nearby park when he suddenly passed out. To no avail, first responders could not resuscitate him. Williams’ mother, Aleesha Simmons, has since established “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” her rising nonprofit organization that is presently in the works and is scheduled to officially go into operations within “four-to-six weeks,” she said.

DUNCANVILLE, Texas — For Aleesha Simmons, it is a dejected, demoralizing feeling she’s repeated said she doesn’t want another mother to have to convey.

The discomfort to which she is alluding is the shocking death of her son, Doug Williams, a then-multi-sport athlete at Dallas’ Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, whose life was cut short back in April amid a sudden cardiac arrest.
He was 16.
According to a report at https://www.your-heart-health.com/content/close-the-gap/en-US/heart-disease-facts/young-athletes.html, sudden cardiac arrest (or SCA) is the leading cause of death in young athletes. Most often, the death occurs during athletic training or competition.
If SCA is not treated immediately, it can lead to sudden cardiac death (or SCD) within minutes, the report said.
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Williams — who lettered in football, basketball, and track and field — was conditioning at a nearby park when he suddenly passed out. To no avail, first responders could not resuscitate him.

MORE ON SIMMON’S NONPROFIT: https://www.dougsrun.org/

At the time of his death, Williams reportedly was hours removed from having rededicated his life to Christ.

“After my 16-year-old son passed away suddenly in April due to the sudden cardiac arrest, it left me so lost and confused,” Simmons told Making Headline News this week. “And I feel like I didn’t want any other mother to have to go through this, especially not even knowing that something was even wrong.”

While Simmons and her family undoubtedly will be affected by the sudden demise of her son for the rest of their lives, she has — to her credit — deemed it essential to carry on Williams’ legacy through a notable cause.

As Simmons explained, while a majority of the Roosevelt High School community is still very affected by her son’s death, a number of fellow church members and close acquaintances are backing her mightily on bringing about awareness through her fledgling organization.

A native of Chicago who works primarily as a Dallas/Fort Worth-area customer service specialist, Simmons is the founder and director of “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” her rising nonprofit organization that is presently in the works and is scheduled to officially go into operations within “four-to-six weeks,” she said.

Through “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” Simmon’s strategic mission is centered largely on stopping the vastly growing epidemic of sudden cardiac arrest, particularly amongst youth athletes, she told MHN.

In order for this to happen, parents, student athletes, and trainers must become knowledgeable about the various symptoms related to cardiac arrest so that her organization, in turn, can appropriately assist in setting up the necessary screenings, etc.

GOD’S PLAN…GOD’S PLAN — At the time of his death, Williams reportedly was hours removed from having rededicated his life to Christ.

Interestingly, “Doug’s Run To The Finish” will host community-wide events during which it will provide credible resources and pertinent information, as well CPR training, which would involve educating certified individuals on how to properly use a defibrillator, Simmons said.

In addition, Simmons emphasized she will execute the essential steps to ensure that area sports teams are equipped with defibrillators to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in the event a student athlete collapses.

As Simmons explained, while a majority of the Roosevelt High School community is still very much affected by her son’s death, a number of fellow church members and close acquaintances are backing her mightily on bringing about awareness through her fledgling organization.


“(I thank) my pastor (Andrew Jackson Jr.), my family and close friends who are deeply affected by my son’s sudden passing,” Simmons said. “This mission is very near and dear to my heart, because the day I lost my son was by far the worst day that I’ve ever experienced in my life.”


For what it’s worth, Simmons has often struggled, particularly with regards to seeing a silver-lining, of sorts, in the wake of Williams’ untimely death.

“Someone told me that my son was a seed and his passing was just the seed being planted and this mission is the fruits of that seed sprouting up and manifesting,” Simmons explained. “So my son lives on through saving the lives of others.”

While Simmons and her family undoubtedly will be affected by the sudden demise of her son for the rest of their lives, she has — to her credit — deemed it essential to carry on Williams’ legacy through a notable cause.

A nonprofit organization that’s geared toward individuals ranging mostly between the ages five-to-25, Simmons said amongst the factors about which she has become thoroughly persuaded is that her son undoubtedly fulfilled the purpose for which God created him.

Now it’s time to effectively carry out his legacy through a notable organization that figures to not just change a generation, but to impact it in the process.

After all, Simmons is fully convinced that is what her young, vibrant, speedy multi-sport athlete of a son would have wanted.


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According to a report at https://www.your-heart-health.com/content/close-the-gap/en-US/heart-disease-facts/young-athletes.html, sudden cardiac arrest (or SCA) is the leading cause of death in young athletes. Most often, the death occurs during athletic training or competition. Williams was 16 at the time of his death.

“My goal is for this campaign to go as far and as wide as it possibly can,” said Simmons, whose organization is already becoming a fixture throughout the DFW Metroplex. “(I’m doing this) knowing that my son’s life has a purpose.”

A purpose that’s still very much justifiable to this day — and beyond.

How befitting for a well-rounded student athlete whom, much to his credit, ran to the finish.


For more information on Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Aleesha Simmons of “Doug’s Run To The Finish,” to make a monetary donation, to schedule her for public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/aleesha.simmons.


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