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Mid-South award-winning author LaDonna Marie having a massive kingdom impact, courtesy of her books

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8 KJV)


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A TRUE INSPIRATION — Mid-South author LaDonna Marie’s latest book is entitled, “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” and, much to her delight, this newly-produced written document has been nothing short of impressive since it officially made it ceremonious presence on the market.

DALLAS — Just about every morning, LaDonna Marie hastens to her Facebook page, where she stages to her timeline a pivotal, inspiring reminder to the masses.

“Good morning everyone. Have a phenomenal day,” LaDonna Marie customarily tells her more than 4,300 social media followers.

To grasp a thorough concept of why LaDonna Marie deems it essential to jumpstart her day by empowering people of the importance of staying empowered, look no further than how God has strategically allowed her gifts to make room for her, most notably through the ever-so-competitive world of authorship.

A native of Fayette, Mississippi, Mississippi, LaDonna Marie is responsible for having written nine books, while co-authoring 12 to date.

Four additional solo authored books are presently in the works and scheduled to be released this year.


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A MUST READ — Released officially on September 17, 2018, LaDonna Marie’s “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” is comprised of — you’ve guessed it — 21 days of positive inspiration, whereby this young and gifted author’s primary focus is centered largely on providing her readers with an entirely different outlook on how they ought to perceive what she appropriately describes as their day-to-day life experiences.

This award-winning author’s latest book is entitled, “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” and, much to her delight, this newly-produced written document has been nothing short of impressive since it officially made its ceremonious presence on the market.

Released officially on September 17, 2018, LaDonna Marie’s “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” is comprised of — you’ve guessed it — 21 days of positive inspiration, whereby this young and gifted author’s primary focus is centered largely on providing her readers with an entirely different outlook on how they ought to perceive what she appropriately describes as their day-to-day life experiences.

IN A LEAGUE OF HER OWN — To grasp a thorough concept of why LaDonna Marie deems it essential to jumpstart her day by empowering people the importance of staying empowered, look no further than how God has allowed her gifts to make room for her, most notably through the ever-so-competitive world of authorship.

“Each day brings its own situations, setbacks, victories, and triumphant moments,” according to a spokesperson for LaDonna Marie’s “Quiet Moments with God: 21 Days of Positive Inspiration” at Amazon.com. “However, God grants new mercies for our walk daily. The author would like you to use the devotions in this book to put a positive view (on life), or how you approach these areas.”

For LaDonna Marie, an alumnus of Alcorn State University who resides in Fayette, Mississippi, she’s especially grateful that God had infused her with the light of the Holy Spirit to resume writing her book, particularly after this accomplished author had taken what appeared to be a brief hiatus from her latest project.

STANDING OVATION — Once she finished her God-mandated assignment that had ultimately came wrapped up in her latest book, LaDonna Marie had consequently emerged as the beneficiary of an array of favorable feedback and rave reviews.

“I started writing the book in 2017 and normally I write multiple titles at once,” LaDonna Marie told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “It wasn’t until 2018 when I picked it back up and decided to finish.”


Once she finished her God-mandated assignment that had ultimately came wrapped up in her latest book, LaDonna Marie had consequently emerged as the beneficiary of an array of favorable feedback and rave reviews.

“One reader stated that (this book) resets her focus and attitude,” LaDonna Marie said. “It keeps her mind on things they should be on. It’s clear and easy to read. It also (helps) her to stay on track and a right way of thinking as our Heavenly Father wants us to be.”

DESTINY STEPS — More than anything, LaDonna Marie — a single mother and devout woman of faith — has gone to great lengths to help advance and empower God’s kingdom’s for such a pivotal time as now — particularly in these perilous times.

While LaDonna Marie’s newest published work has given way to her share of sustained success since its release, her other books have likewise impacted the kingdom.

LaDonna Marie also is responsible for having produced:

  • Expressions Of The Mind, Body, & Soul
  • Until Tomorrow Comes
  • Lessons: Shattered Pieces Being Restored
  • Quiet Moments with God: 31 Days of Life Lessons
  • Eloquent Love Notes
  • Lessons II: Mirror Conversations
  • Larry The Alligator: Makes Friends and,
  • Rebuilding Fragments Workbook.
REPRESENTING THE SIP — For LaDonna Marie, an alumnus of Alcorn State University, she’s especially grateful that God had infused her with the light of the Holy Spirit to resume writing her book, this after this accomplished author had taken what appeared to be a brief hiatus from her latest project.

As for the divine message she aspires to send to her reading audience through her assortment of books, LaDonna Marie said, “I want people to have hope and to know that they can overcome any obstacle, that they have a purpose and each new day, they have a chance to make a difference.”

More than anything, LaDonna Marie — a single mother and devout woman of faith — has gone to great lengths to help advance and empower God’s kingdom’s for such a pivotal time as now — particularly in these perilous times.

“God has created me to encourage others and empower others who are overcoming obstacles,” said LaDonna Marie, whose itinerary includes an upcoming speaking engagement before a group of middle school girls March 20 in Jackson, Mississippi, as well as a host of book signings, festivals, and conferences throughout the remainder of this year.

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SPIRITUAL GAME CHANGER — As for the he divine message she aspires to send to her reading audience through her assortment of books, LaDonna Marie said, “I want people to have hope and to know that they can overcome any obstacle, that they have a purpose and each new day, they have a chance to make a difference.”

“(I want) to assist them in their healing process and to help them to discover the champion inside through my writings.”

Something this brilliantly crafty author does virtually every morning, as evidence by her social media posts.

“I would like everyone to know there is greatness the inside of you,” LaDonna Marie said. “You have what it takes to overcome every obstacle. Be sure grab a copy of one my inspiration books to further encourage yourself.”

Not to mention view life from God’s perspective.


For more information about Mid-South-area Author LaDonna Marie, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under https://www.facebook.com/ladonna.smithcook. Also, send email to: Lmbpoetry @gmail.com.


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Attorney Ja’Nekia W. Barton vows to ‘exercise fairness and display integrity’ if elected Bolivar County Court Judge

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS ENDORSES JA’NEKIA W. BARTON FOR BOLIVAR COUNTY COURT JUDGE 


Ja’Nekia W. Barton is still very much in the prime of her career.

Interestingly, for a 34-year-old Corporate America professional, she’s undoubtedly made some remarkably brilliant strides.

Despite the assortment of hardships and challenges and hurdles about which she had to conquer, particularly raising her infant son while in graduate school, Barton steadfastly stayed true to herself and, most importantly, clung to unwavering faith in the process.

“For some odd reason, when you go through things it makes a better story,” Barton told Making Headline News this week.

DESTINY STEPS — A native of Shelby, Mississippi, Mid-South-area Attorney Ja’Nekia Barton earlier this year announced her candidacy for County Court Judge/Youth Court Judge for Bolivar County in the forthcoming election. Election Day is November 6.

Much to her delight, Barton’s sometimes rocky, turbulent journey, coupled with her quest to defy arguably the greatest of odds, are trends that have greatly positioned and empowered her to function mightily in her element as one of the Mid-South’s youngest and most resourceful attorneys.

“I cannot say I had a lot of challenges in my childhood,” Barton said. “My mother always provided the best she could.  At times, she worked two jobs to afford us a certain lifestyle.  I recall getting all the latest toys and dolls for Christmas.  We had washing machines, snow cone makers, easy baker ovens, ice cream makers and all. Sadly, I believe my mom still has most of these items until some of them burned in a recent fire.”

It is in large part because of the unyielding support of her mother along with her diligently displaying a heart for people that Barton is thoroughly convinced the time has finally come to take yet another monumental step in her illustrious career.

A native of Shelby, Mississippi, Barton earlier this year announced her candidacy for County Court Judge/Youth Court Judge for Mississippi’s Bolivar County in the forthcoming election.

Election Day is November 6.

“As your next County Court Judge, I will exercise fairness and display integrity with every decision. I will make decisions based on the facts, free from outside influence, and will not compromise on matters of good moral principle. Most importantly, I will be committed to the fostering and protection of our children.”

— Attorney Ja’Nekia W. Barton

A county that is named in honor of Simón Bolívar, an early 19th-century leader of the liberation of several South American colonies from Spain, this establishment is comprised of about 34,145 residents, according to the latest U. S. census, and covers five cities: Cleveland, Rosedale, Mound Bayou, Shaw, and Shelby.

FAMILY FOCUS — For what it’s worth, Barton acknowledged that two words typically come to mind whenever she finds herself assessing the overall landscape of her life, whenever she senses that now is the time to broaden her horizon in her notable, stellar career. “My son,” Barton, who’s also raising her niece, says without hesitation.

For Barton, who currently resides in Cleveland, Mississippi, she’s convinced that now is the time to not just vie for her first political seat. Rather, she’s thoroughly convinced it’s time to give back, thus have an immeasurable impact in the very area in which she grew up.

“I promise to be fair, trustworthy, and to protect our children,” Barton said.

Interestingly, Barton doesn’t shy away from the notion that she can surely make a huge difference amongst the millennials.

“It takes a while for some of them to register that I am a lawyer,” said Barton, referring to today’s generation. “They don’t think lawyers look like me.  They often ask my age when I say I am a lawyer.  I am actually amused by the response.  They are all tuned in. I remember getting this response when I participated in an area career fair.”

MORE ON ATTORNEY JA’NEKIA BARTON: https://www.facebook.com/BartonforBolivar/

For what it’s worth, Barton acknowledged that two words typically come to mind whenever she finds herself assessing the overall landscape of her life, whenever she senses that now is the time to broaden her horizon in her notable, stellar career.

“My son,” Barton says without hesitation. My work in the youth and county court system has made me focus on issues surrounding the youth. While I was always an active community service participant, I figured that I could do so much more with the youth. My experience as a youth court public defender highlighted the need for more caring people in the professional.”

By and large, demonstrating a servant’s heart, Barton essentially acknowledged, is absolutely imperative as she makes a strong case for solidifying such a commendable political seat.

“One of my first experiences in defending a youth was met with so much opposition — after I explained the fact that I was a licensed attorney to the youth,” Barton said. “The boy said that you are all the same and work for the system.  I was taken aback by this comment as I was trying to ask him about his goals and aspirations in life.”

BOLIVAR COUNTY FACTSA county that is named in honor of Simón Bolívar, an early 19th-century leader of the liberation of several South American colonies from Spain, this establishment is comprised of about 34,145, according to the latest U. S. census, and covers five cities: Cleveland, Rosedale, Mound Bayou, Shaw, and Shelby.

Without question, Barton is fully aware that as she lobbies for Bolivar County Judge/Youth Court Judge, being sensitive — yet firm — to the needs of youth undoubtedly is one of the political mechanics and attributes she possesses.

“In my experience with the youth court system, I always talk to the children about their goals in life,” Barton said. “I always ask, ‘How are your grades? Are you attending school regularly? What are you planning to do after high school?’ Often times, I find that no one has taken the time to tell the child that they can be anything they want…that it’s their life (and that they should) own it. And then I state the obvious: ‘Don’t let me see you back in this courtroom again.’”

Barton certainly has strong ties to the Magnolia State.

For starters, she is a 2002 graduate Broad Street High School. A longtime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Barton is an alumna of Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications (and a minor in Psychology).

In 2008, she earned a Master’s in Political Science from Jackson State, and followed that up with a Juris Doctor (or J.D.) from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Talk about a remarkably impressive resume for a 34-year-old Corporate America professional, whose best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

“As your next County Court Judge, I will exercise fairness and display integrity with every decision,” said Barton, who often thinks it necessary to utter what she deems her favorite quote, one that was coined by Frederick Douglass. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

That, after all, are amongst the reasons she’s thoroughly convinced she’s the right candidate to emerge as the next County Court Judge/Youth Court Judge for Bolivar County.

“I will make decisions based on the facts, free from outside influence and will not compromise on matters of good moral principle,” said Barton whom, at just 30 years of age, had argued successfully before the highest court in the state, Mississippi’s Supreme Court. “Most importantly, I will be committed to the fostering and protection of our children.”

Not to mention her commitment to being fair and trustworthy.

For more information Attorney Ja’Nekia W. Barton or to make a donation to her campaign, call 662.302.4236, or write to: The Committee to Elect Ja’Nekia W. Barton for Bolivar County Court Judge at: Post Office Box 1917, Cleveland, Mississippi 38614. Also, send email to: bartonforcountyjudge@gmail.com.


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Houston-area prep football standout Anthony Williams, Jr. generates one scholarship offer, ‘expects list to expand’ his coach says

TEXAS SIZE DREAMSA two-year starter for Hightower High in Missouri City, Texas — which is in the outskirts of Houston — Anthony Williams, Jr. doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s one who boasts lofty aspirations of putting his skills on display at the next level.
To his credit, it’s not a matter of if he will be afforded the golden opportunity of playing college football. Rather, it’s a matter of when. The first school to toss its name in the hat for the Williams, Jr. sweepstakes: Alcorn State University. (Photos by Cris Armijo)

Anthony Williams, Jr. was seemingly too young to remember.

For the record, he was four years old.

Old enough to become involved in recreational sports, as far as his mother, Rosalind Banks-Mayshack, was concerned.

“At the age of four, Anthony was enrolled in several sports at the local YMCA for extra-curricular activity,” Banks-Mayshack told Making Headline News this week. “He is an only child and there were literally no children in the neighborhood in his age group, so the YMCA was one of the avenues used to allow him to play and interact with other kids his age.”

STAR WATCH Add to the fact that he was ranked as the No. 11 overall prospect in Texas and amongst the Top 25 offensive tackles in the state by Lonestar Prospects, and it’s no wonder many who have witnessed Williams, Jr. (No. 76 in green) continuous progress in recent years believe other schools in all likelihood will surface with scholarship offers.

As Banks-Mayshack recalled, her son initially gave basketball a go.

Then he ventured off into T-ball.

Months later, it was on to flag football.

By the time he had turned six, he advanced to competitive football.

PROTECTING THE BLIND SIDEEven while being entrusted with a new role, Williams, Jr.’s was as good as advertised — this after he helped propelled the Hurricanes to an impressive 10-1 finished in his first full season as a starter. For his efforts, other schools have taken notice, thus placed him under their radar.

That is when things got a little more intriguing.

A little more than 11 years removed from having made his YMCA debut, Williams, Jr. has evolved as a prep football standout in mighty Texas, where this tradition-rich sport undoubtedly has become a hotbed for college scouts and recruiters.

A two-year starter for Hightower High in Missouri City, Texas — which is in the outskirts of Houston — Williams doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s one who boasts lofty aspirations of putting his skills on display at the next level.

To his credit, it’s not a matter of if he will be afforded the golden opportunity of playing college football.

CO-SIGNING“He’s a formidable kid,” Hightower coach Padriac McGinnis said of Williams, Jr. “He can play all three positions. He’s great kid…very respectful. He gets the job done. He’s almost like a coach on the field. He’s very vocal, but not a yeller. He’s leader in that he talks to (his teammates) and let them know what’s going on.”

Rather, it’s a matter of when.

A solid 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive lineman, Williams, Jr. who has one full season of high school eligibility remaining, has already received one official scholarship offer, a development that transpired just before the start of the 2016 season.

The first school to toss its name in the hat for the Williams, Jr. sweepstakes: Alcorn State University.

“That list should expand,” Hightower coach Padriac McGinnis said of Williams, Jr., who was recently invited to Army All-American Combine in San Antonio. “I’m surprised he’s only gotten one offer.”

Still, Williams, Jr., whom McGinnis describes as one of the best all-around players he’s coached in some time, doesn’t appear fazed that his recruiting process is off to a somewhat slow start, in large part because he has manufactured a solid body of work over the past two seasons.

WATCH ANTHONY WILLIAMS, JR. IN ACTION: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4501897/5721e7530dcb0d12f889d0cb.

Asides from being installed as a starter for a second consecutive year for a Hightower team that finished with a 5-5 mark in 2016, Williams, Jr.’s list of accolades reads like someone who’s being introduced to give a speech.

For starters, he was named Second-Team All-District as a sophomore only to upgrade that to First-Team All-District as a junior.

Add to the fact that he was ranked as the No. 11 overall prospect in Texas and amongst the Top 25 offensive tackles in the state by Lonestar Prospects, and it’s no wonder many who have witnessed Williams, Jr. continuous progress in recent years believe other schools in all likelihood will surface with scholarship offers.

The biggest mystery that remains is when.

STOCK RISINGAccording to Williams. Jr., the University of Houston, Texas State, Grambling State, Southern University, and the University of Minnesota have expressed interest in what appears to be shaping up to be a memorable culmination to high school football career.

“I played very well this season,” said Williams, Jr., who was selected to appear in the USA Football Development Games for a second straight year. “It was very challenging. However, I rose to the challenge.  I had to come into the season taking on a new position of left tackle and I had to take a leadership role as a returning starter.”

Even while being entrusted with a new role, Williams, Jr.’s was as good as advertised — this after he helped propelled the Hurricanes to an impressive 10-1 finished and a district championship in his first full season as a starter.

For his efforts, other schools have taken notice, thus placed him under their radar.

According to Williams. Jr., the University of Houston, Texas State, Grambling State, Southern University, and the University of Minnesota have expressed interest in what appears to be shaping up to be a memorable culmination to high school football career for a kid who’s gone to great lengths to make his mother proud.

“When I watch Anthony on the field, I am amazed and proud of the athlete and the young man that he has become,” Banks-Mayshack said. “He works very hard and his hard work is paying off both on and off of the field. He has a determination to do well and finish and that drive is exemplified on the football field.”

McGinnis echoed Banks-Mayshack’s thorough assessment.

“He’s a formidable kid,” McGinnis said of Williams, Jr. “He can play all three positions. He’s a great kid…very respectful. He gets the job done. He’s almost like a coach on the field. He’s very vocal, but not a yeller. He’s a leader in that he talks to (his teammates) and let them know what’s going on.”

After pausing momentarily, McGinnis suddenly offered a rather unique assessment about which scouts should consider.

A PROVEN LEADERMcGinnis suddenly offered a rather unique assessment about which scouts should consider. “If I’m running late (for practice), he’d go out and get the drills started without me even telling him,” McGinnis said.

“If I’m running late (for practice), he’d go out and get the drills started without me even telling him,” McGinnis said.

What a difference 11-plus years have made for a player who has made a strong case that he deserving of playing on Saturdays some time in Fall 2018.

“Anthony has come a long way from the six-year-old kid that did not know how to wrap up to the young man who loves the game and considers it his craft,” Banks-Mayshack said.

For the record, he knows exactly what he’s doing now, a trend about which a host of colleges will likewise find out.

Much sooner than later.



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