Tag Archives: The Austin Statesmen

Texas author Patrice Starks writes second book after doctors said she had 90 days to live


Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. (1 Samuel 17:40 NIV)


GIANTS DO FALL 

GIANT FAITH — A native of Athens, Texas, Patrice Starks authored “Five Smooth Stones: Diary Of A Modern Day Giant Slayer,” a spiritually-empowering written work that is currently available for presale ordering.

DALLAS — Six words essentially changed the overall landscape of Patrice Starks’ life.

Seriously.
As Starks recalls vividly, she witnessed her life change considerably some two years ago, to put it more precisely.
“In 2017, six words transformed my life,” Starks, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, recalling when her oncologist informed her that she days on earth were practically numbered to put it more bluntly.
“My oncologist told me I had 90 days to live,” Starks said. “Although each of us has an appointment with death, being given 90 days to live was a blessing.”
Given the turbulent, tear-jerking circumstances surrounding Starks’ situation, who would’ve thought that she’d subsequently view her pending appointment with death as a blessing, of sorts?

PRESALE ORDER PATRICE STARKS’ BOOK: https://www.patricekstarks.com/

“My children’s father was killed in a tragic car accident on Christmas Day 2000…a healthy officer in the Army,” Starks recalled. “No one expected it.  I also wrote a book about that ordeal and it became a local best seller and a stage play.”

For Starks, a Dallas/Fort Worth-area author, the possibility exist that history could very well repeat itself — much sooner than later.

That’s because Starks has yet another book on the horizon, one that will recall her continuous battle with a potentially fatal illness.

A native of Athens, Texas, Starks authored “Five Smooth Stones: Diary Of A Modern Day Giant Slayer,” a spiritually-empowering written work that is currently available for presale ordering.

FLEXING HER SPIRITUAL MUSCLES — As Starks told MHN this week, what is known as the “companion journal” for her latest books is nearly complete.

Having learned of her cancer diagnosis six years ago, Starks latest book comes approximately 16 years after her initial project: “When Water Was Free” (which took somewhere in the neighborhood of about six months to complete).

Starks began composing “Five Smooth Stones: Diary Of A Modern Day Giant Slayer” in September, or as she specifically acknowledged, during a time she admittedly was angry with former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger for killing Botham Jean, a development that has since garnered a wave of international headlines.

“I wrote both books with the underlying message of encouragement and inspiration,” Starks explained. “I live the life that I talk about.”

REMEMBERING BOTHAM — Botham Jean leads a worship at a Harding University presidential reception in Dallas, Sept. 21, 2017. Starks began composing “Five Smooth Stones: Diary Of A Modern Day Giant Slayer” in September, or as she specifically acknowledged, during a time she admittedly was angry with former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger for killing Jean, a development that has since garnered a wave of international headlines. (Jeff Montgomery/Harding University via AP, FILE)

Given the circumstances surrounding her diagnosis, she had a very good reason to — for a lack of better words — walk it like she talks it.

“When I was told that I had 90 days to live, I trusted God, because at my initial diagnosis in 2013, He told me, ‘This sickness is not unto death,’” Starks said. “It took four years for the terminal diagnosis to be given, but it isn’t like I hadn’t prepared for it. In the middle of all of this, I was also cured of stage four thyroid cancer.”

As for her initial book, Starks said: “I became convicted that if I truly am called by the Name of Christ, that I would have to show love and compassion to (Guyger). Ironically, a year later, that story is now international news. But it is what prompted me to check myself and share a message of healing and emotional well-being with the world. What our minds believe, our bodies will manifest.”

Having learned of her cancer diagnosis six years ago, Starks latest book comes approximately 16 years after her initial project: “When Water Was Free” (which took somewhere in the neighborhood of about six months to complete).

As Starks told MHN this week, what is known as the “companion journal” for her latest books is nearly complete.

“This will complement the book and allow the reader to actively journal his or her thoughts about the virtues and vignettes shared in the book,” said Starks, adding that there’s also an e-book version of her latest written work, with the newest additions scheduled to hit the market sometime in November.

The feedback for Starks’ books has been mostly favorable.


“I totally love how Patrice makes you aware of life’s challenges,” said LaFreda Williams, one of Starks’ most dedicated readers. However, holding onto your faith is the key. She is an advocate for self-care and I believe this book will provide hope.”


Interestingly, Starks announced that she’s creating what is known as a Modern Day Giant Slayer transformational course for people who are ready to move to the next level in life, career, and/or relationships.

“The first eight people to sign up will be offered an introductory rate of $79.00 as a bonus for being a reader of Making Headline News,” Starks said. “Reference this story at www.patricekstarks.com.”

MAKING MAJOR STRIDES — For Starks, a Dallas/Fort Worth-area author, the possibility exist that history could very well repeat itself — much sooner than later. That’s because Starks has yet another book on the horizon, one that will recall her continuous battle with cancer.

By and large, Starks emphasized, among other things, that her books are a true testament of how God has strategically set her aside for His use.

“There’s nothing too hard for God and what He has ordained will be, whether we like it or not,” Starks said. “In ‘Five Smooth Stones,’ I had done a study of David and Goliath and went deeper into the mind of the first giant slayer to ask, ‘What was it about the stones that he chose from the brook?’ He chose five but only needed one. Throughout the book, I encourage readers to arm themselves with virtue stones so that when a giant appears, they are able to handle him with Davidic assurance.”

Talk about making good use of the time with which God has blessed her on this side of heaven.

Seriously.


IN HER OWN WORDS

While each of my works carry life lessons, none of my work is from a “woe is me,” place.  I write in first person and tell the story, to engage the reader, and in most cases, make them laugh.  For instance, hospital gowns are for sick people.  I refused to wear them.  No sir.  My sister-friends threw a pajama party for me, and I was able to wear fun and cute pajamas for each day of the five weeks’ stay at Medical City-Dallas. 
Next…no crying in my room; only if we have laughed ourselves to tears.  I wasn’t dying, and there was no need to go ordering a 100-piece chicken box from Walmart for my homegoing.  Nope.  Not necessary. 
Even after the doctor told me I had ninety days to live, I didn’t worry about dying, because my salvation is secure; I worried about losing my hair and if I’d still be this cute and sassy with a bald head.  The answer to that question is a confident, “YES!”  
After surviving what kills most people in six months, my transformation from a reserved yet stylish diva to a live out loud, I am not afraid to wear red giant slayer began.  I love my life.  I love what I have learned about life, its intricacies, its challenges, but most of all how not just survive, but be revived and live a life of abundance and joy.  I’d love to hear from each of you.  Please visit my online home www.patricekstarks.com and drop me a line.  

If you need a living testimony keynote speaker for your next event, I’m happy to serve you. And I don’t travel with an entourage and don’t require much.  Just a microphone and some listening ears.  — Patrice Starks 


For more information on Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Patrice Starks, to order her books or to schedule her for a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: (Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/pkissentaner. Follow her at: https://www.patricekstarks.com/ and https://www.summerschristmaswish.com/. Email her at: gpk516@gmail.com.


CONNECT WITH THIS AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST FOR MEDIA EXPOSURE

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

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

Houston businesswoman Toronda Lewis Copeland has become a constant fixture in the financial services industry


As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17 NIV)


THE PROVERBS 31 AFFECT

HOLDING IT DOWN — Armed with more than three decades of experience in her selected industry, Houston businesswoman Toronda Copeland’s The Iron Network Tax and Business Consulting is a Christian-based company that’s based largely on the Biblical premise that’s housed in Proverbs 27:17.

DALLAS — If you ever find yourself conversing with Toronda Lewis Copeland long enough, chances are the notable subject pertaining to the Biblical fellowship known as “iron sharpens iron” will likely come up.

And for all the right reasons.
“I love working with people and helping them make their situation better,” Copeland, an accomplished Houston-area entrepreneur, told Making Headline News this week. “I also love numbers. Serving as a business in the financial services industry continues to allow me to satisfy both passions.”
To her credit, Copeland — a remarkably brilliant financial specialist in her own right — has become a constant fixture throughout the Houston metropolitan area as owner and chief executive officer of The Iron Network Tax and Business Consulting.
Armed with more than three decades of experience in her selected industry, Copeland’s The Iron Network Tax and Business Consulting is a Christian-based company that’s based largely on the Biblical premise that’s housed in Proverbs 27:17.

MORE ON COPELAND’S ENDEAVOR: https://www.theironnetwork.com/

“I have a passion for helping people and I have a passion for business…period,” Copeland, 50, said in a detailed introduction of her venture at https://www.theironnetwork.com/about-us/. “Our team of tax professionals has over twenty years combined experience.  Additionally, we have served in the financial services industry for even longer. We are equipped to handle your business needs.”

As Copeland emphasized, her vision for The Iron Network includes — but isn’t limited to — assisting entrepreneurs in developing their visions into thriving businesses, a trend that would ultimately aid entrepreneurs mightily in moving ever-so-closely toward what she describes as self-actualization.


A NOTABLE REMINDER…

Such a development, in turn, could greatly give way to these business professionals impacting their respective community, Copeland said.

What it practically boils down to, Copeland acknowledged, is strategically executing her personal mission, which is centered largely on promoting financial literacy, particularly by educating women and youth.

“Additionally, I have a mission to build a network of women business owners that connect to support and build up one another in various areas based on the biblical premise found in Proverbs 27:17,” said Copeland, adding that her networking adventure is presently in the works and will launch at a time that has yet to be determined.

A native of Nashville, Copeland grew up in nearby Franklin, a rural establishment that’s roughly 20 miles south of Tennessee’s state capital.


MORE ON COPELAND’S ENDEAVOR: https://www.theironnetwork.com/

A graduate of Whites Creek Comprehensive High School, Copeland advanced her education when she enrolled at University of Phoenix, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.

For what it’s worth, she certainly boasts the educational and professional credentials which, much to her delight, have allowed her to reap sustained success in her chosen industry.

An endeavor that is steadily generating more a national presence — most notably in Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, Alabama and Illinois — Copeland stressed that as it relates to working with businesses, her primary focus remains in large part on the small business per se, and that age is not a factor.


“When it comes to my life insurance clients, I have a passion for helping young families solidify their financial foundation at a time when the cost to do so is a whole lot less than if they choose to wait until later on life,” Copeland explained. “At the same time, I find great pleasure in assisting clients of all ages to minimize their tax liability and to maximize their tax refunds.”


Speaking of the term, “maximize,” credit Copeland’s parents for having instilled in her at a young  age the benefits of delving the mindset of an entrepreneur, thus maximizing her potential.

“My mother definitely encouraged me to follow my dreams and made me believe that I could do anything and be whatever I wanted to be in life,” Copeland said. “My dad was an entrepreneur and business owner and also instilled work ethic in me. “My dad has always worked for himself. His work ethic was instilled in me. I’ve always had an interest in business.”

So far, so good for this thriving and progressive Texas-based businesswoman, whose best and brightest days undoubtedly are well ahead of her.

Yep. That goes to show that only what you do for Christ will last.

HERE’S THE 411 — What it practically boils down to, Copeland, acknowledged, is strategically executing her personal mission, which is centered largely on promoting financial literacy, particularly by educating women and youth.

“I love sharing the knowledge that I have,” said Copeland, who became knowledgeable of the tax industry in the late eighties, then formed featured business two years ago, a venture that has since allowed her to engage in bookkeeping, tax resolution, and credit repair.

Interestingly, Copeland earned her insurance license in 2009.

As for her itinerary, she’s currently working on an event in Nashville during which she will bring a broader awareness about financial literacy, as well as the importance of credit.

Also, she announced that plans are currently in the works to hold an event in Houston with two other agencies during which the focus will be geared toward women in what she deems four vital areas: spirituality, self-awareness, business, and finances.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — A graduate of Whites Creek Comprehensive High School, Copeland advanced her education when she enrolled at University of Phoenix, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.

In addition, Copeland will appear on a Dallas/Fort Worth-area radio show for a scheduled interview sometime in late October.

“I believe it is important to transfer knowledge, help others grow, and create a legacy for future generations,” Copeland said.

Sounding very much like the remarkably brilliant financial mastermind for whom she is widely known.


For more information on Houston-area Businesswoman Toronda Copeland, to inquire about business-related opportunities, or to inquire about speaking engagements, call 832.301.8601, or connect with her via (Facebook):  https://www.facebook.com/TLCTheIronNetwork/; (Twitter): https://twitter.com/tax_tin; (Instagram): https://www.instagram.com/theironnetwork/. Also, send email to: Toronda@theironnetwork.com.


CONNECT WITH THIS AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST FOR MEDIA EXPOSURE

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

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

Texas author Wendi Hayman’s new book recalls ongoing affair with Pastor, fellow church members

HEALED, DELIVERED, AND SET FREE 

WHAT’S THE CHURCH 411? Published by Glory to Glory Publications, Wendi Hayman’s “The Pastor’s Secretary: What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors” depicts her emotionally-driven memory, during which she assumed an administrative role to the Pastor of the church she attended.

DALLAS — Don’t get it twisted.

Wendi Hayman would be the first to admit that she isn’t addressing the media about her newly-produced tell-all book for the sake of gaining attention, for the sake of acquiring figurative pats on back, if you will.
Rather, she’s addressing the press, in large part because it essentially aligns with the purpose for which God created her.
“God’s purpose for me is (to be) a writer and creative story teller of the realities of life,” Hayman told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “That all lead back to God’s ultimate purpose and plan for His people in the earth. This book is part of that purpose for me to be a voice for those who have suffered in silence from past mistakes and trauma.”
The book to which Hayman is alluding is her newly-assembled written work entitled, “The Pastor’s Secretary: What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors,” a spiritually-empowering, heading-turning, attention-grabbing project that figures to create a constant buzz throughout the Body of Christ — much sooner than later.

BUY AUTHOR HAYMAN’S BOOK HERE: https://www.wendihayman.com/

A MUST READ — Hayman’s “The Pastor’s Secretary: What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors” is a spiritually-empowering, heading-turning, attention-grabbing book that figures to create a constant buzz throughout the Body of Christ — much sooner than later.

Published by Glory to Glory Publications, Hayman’s “The Pastor’s Secretary: What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors” depicts her emotionally-driven life, during which she assumed an administrative role to the Pastor of the church she attended.

Working primarily in a volunteer role, Hayman’s primary ambition for agreeing to this post was to “sow seeds of her time” in a strategic effort of being what this writer describes as “the catalyst” she needed to gain full-time employment, according to a detailed introduction of her book by Google Books.

Having served in a similar capacity at the previous church she attended while unemployed, Hayman’s favorable deeds had ultimately given way to a positive and much-anticipated harvest which, much to her delight, led to her landing a full-time gig.

“Wendi didn’t expect that her interactions with the Pastor would cause her to be interested in him other than a working relationship,” said a Google Book spokesperson for Hayman’s new book.  “These interactions that occurred moved from being innocently platonic to indiscretions. They also put Wendi on a winding road of infidelity that she did not expect to find herself on. In full sin and rebellion against God, Wendi then found herself at a place of complete brokenness and knew that the only way to wholeness was to run back to God where she belonged.”

Hayman’s third book to date that is currently available for pre-sale ordering, this Houston-area author said her latest book has surprisingly garnered favorable feedback just as she envisioned.

“I have received numerous praise for sharing my story or transparent truth of deliverance after being in the church, serving as a Pastor’s secretary, married while having an affair with the Pastor and committing adultery with other members,” Hayman said. “I was also a victim of infidelity from my husband.


“People have told me that my transparency has helped them in the things they have suffered in silence that they’ve endured in life, have done, or things (they’ve had) done to them. It has also encouraged other women to share their own stories of overcoming trauma and some of life’s most challenging situations.”


Having admittedly caught the vision to compose “The Pastor’s Secretary: What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors” approximately a year ago, Hayman needed just shy of a year to finish a book that, as she puts it forthrightly, is synonymous somewhat to the Biblical events involving Eve’s run-in with the serpent.

“I didn’t directly come on to him, and he didn’t directly come on to me,” Hayman explained. “It all started with a subtle joke he made with a sexual undertone — Hayman is now alluding to Genesis 3:1: “and he said unto the woman” — that I responded back to with my own sexual undertone — she is now referencing Genesis 3:2: “And the woman said unto the serpent” — I had taken the bait (she is now alluding to Genesis 3:6: “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eye).”

LEAD-OFF BATTER — A native of Houston, Hayman made her authorship debut when she witnessed the release of her fiction project, “One Hot Summer,” in 2016.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

Or, as today’s millennials would say, “It was on and poppin.”

When asked what was the single, most underlying reason she chose to produce “The Pastor’s Secretary: What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors,” Hayman said: “So that the church or Christian community can live in freedom from sin, secrets, silence, and shame from things done in their lives or done to them.”

She followed that up with a non-fiction book entitled, “Blind Ambition, in 2017.

All things considered, Hayman’s latest book is starting to generate a constant media presence, this prior to its official release.

A native of Houston, Hayman made her authorship debut when she witnessed the release of her fiction project, “One Hot Summer,” in 2016. She followed that up with a non-fiction book entitled, “Blind Ambition,” in 2017.

Hayman’s third book to date — which is currently available for pre-sale ordering — this Houston-area author said her latest book has surprisingly garnered favorable feedback just as she envisioned.

Other books are presently in the works, she said, most notably “Out Of The Ashes” and “The Family Legacy.”

To her credit, Hayman also has emerged as an ambassador, of sorts, for other aspiring authors.

“I will be hosting a coaching cafe entitled, ‘The Power Of Your Story: How To Write A Book Or Build A Brand From Your Personal Story,’” said Hayman, referring to her forthcoming appearance at the Ignite Women’s Empowerment Conference in Philadelphia on November 1-2.

Hayman’s “The Power Of Your Story: How To Write A Book Or Build A Brand From Your Personal Story” is also available for pre-sale at:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Pastors-Secretary-Really-Happens-Behind-ebook/dp/B07WCXXNK9/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+pastor%27s+secretary&qid=1566243564&s=gateway&sr=8-1 and Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-pastors-secretary-wendi-hayman/1132910744?ean=9781078708432


For more information on Houston-based Author Wendi Hayman, to order her books, or schedule her for a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at:

Facebook: Wendi Hayman

Instagram: @wendihayman

Periscope: Wendi Hayman

Twitter: Hayman_Wendi.

Also, send email to: wendihayman@gmail.com

glorytoglorypublications@gmail.com.


CONNECT WITH THIS AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST FOR MEDIA EXPOSURE  

 

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

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

Texas author Yvette D. McGill’s God-assigned vision comes full circle courtesy of her featured book


And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. (Habakkuk 2:2 KJV)


THE GREAT EXCHANGE 

WOMAN WITH A VISION — Texas author Yvette D. McGill was quick to assume her latest kingdom assignment when she diligently put it on display until her God-mandated vision had come full circle, courtesy of an awe-inspiring book entitled, “theEXCHANGE,”  her featured written work that is approximately three months removed from its much-anticipated release.

Yvette D. McGill did just what she was supposed to do with the vision once God strategically introduced her to it.

She ran with it.
To her credit, she didn’t just run with it.
Rather, she picked it back up and diligently put it on display until her God-mandated vision had come full circle, courtesy of an awe-inspiring book entitled, “theEXCHANGE,”  her featured written work that is approximately three months removed from its much-anticipated release.
“God gave me the vision to write the book on March 22, 2016,” McGill, a  La Marque, Texas native, told Making Headline News this week. “I was sitting in a workshop with two famous authors, learning how to write a book and literally the room went black as if it was just me and God in the room.”

BUY YVETTE D. McGILL’S BOOK HERE: http://yvettedenisemcgill.com/

From a spiritual perspective, it essentially was a room that included McGill and her Creator.

How else to explain why her life-changing vision as an author has come to fruition?

“It was then He said, ‘You will write a book. You will name it #theEXCHANGE,’” McGill recalled.

In playing off of words, there is a valid reason behind such an intriguing, spiritually-gut checking exchange that surfaced between God and McGill, this author explained.

“(He said), ‘The reason why (I assigned you to write this book) is because when you were 25 years old, I told you to give your mom forgiveness for the difficult childhood you had. (He said to me), ‘When your daughter was 25, you had to ask her for forgiveness for lying to her about who her dad really was,’” McGill recalled. “He went on to say, ‘If you had not given her forgiveness when I told you, I would not have been able to allow your daughter to forgive you now.’”

As McGill explained, it was just the encounter she needed to witness in order to appropriately carry out her God-mandated vision as a new author.

A book she finished composing in January of this year — “I finished in January 2019, but had hoped to release it on Jan 2, 2019, my 51st birthday,” she said — McGill’s #theEXCHANGE was officially released two months later.

Much to her delight, it has been short of impressive ever since.

“The single most underlying reason I wrote this book is so that absolutely nobody else would be able to tell my truth,” McGill said a project she needed approximately two months to assemble. “I wanted it in writing why I did what I did.”

There are, in fact, other books in which McGill is involved mightily.

Prior to #theEXCHANGE, which is her second written work, McGill composed “Boss’d Up On Purpose,” a collaborative August 2018-released project she wrote with 12 other writers.

Then there is “It’s Not That Easy,” McGill’s third book that’s centered largely on her steadfastly reminding er audience to “stop telling me to get over it!”

This March 2019-released book, in fact, is comprised of 10 other authors, many of whom are mental illness survivors.


THE LUKE 18:1 FACTOR 

McGill also has played a major hand in the soon-to-be-released book entitled, “Soulful Prayers,” a coed collaboration project that is comprised of 51 writers, all of whom have grasped a thorough understanding of the power of prayer.

McGill also has played a major hand in the soon-to-be-released book entitled, “Soulful Prayers,” a coed collaboration project that is comprised of 51 writers, all of whom have grasped a thorough understanding of the power of prayer.

As for her latest book, McGill acknowledged there is, by all accounts, a divine message she aspires to get across to her readers.

“The divine message I’m sending through this book is no matter how life started out for you, you have to power to make the necessary changes to get it right,” said McGill, adding that the feedback has been overwhelmingly amazing. “And right should consist of who did God send you here to be…nothing more or less should matter above His plan.

“I am truly an example of the saying, ‘I’m just a nobody, trying to tell somebody that Jesus saves.’”

ALL IN GOD’S PLAN — In playing off of words, there is a valid reason behind such an intriguing, spiritually-gut checking exchange that surfaced between God and McGill, this author explained.

As McGill can boldly profess today unlike never before, had it not been for the Lord Who was on her side, there’s no telling where she’d be.

“He could have easily allowed me to die in my sins,” said McGill, “but He thought so much of me, He used my mess for a message and allowed me to exchange my truth for others’ transformation.”

IN HER OWN WORDS — “The divine message I’m sending through this book is no matter how life started out for you, you have to power to make the necessary changes to get it right,” said McGill, adding that the feedback has been overwhelmingly amazing. “And right should consist of who did God send you here to be…nothing more or less should matter above His plan.

Talk about running with a monumental vision.

And not just running with it.

But rather picking it back up and diligently put it on display until her God-mandated vision had come full circle, courtesy of an awe-inspiring book.

Yep. That’s just like God.


For more information about Author, to order her books, or to schedule her for a public appearance or book signing, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/yvetteevidence.mcintosh. Also, send email to: theexchange68@gmail.com.


CONNECT WITH THIS AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST FOR MEDIA EXPOSURE

 

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

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

Dallas/Fort Worth Pastor Edward Taylor continuing Deliverance Chapel COGIC’s longstanding mission as its beloved leader


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 KJV)


CARRYING THE MANTLE 

DIFFERENT LEADER, SAME MISSION — A notable faith-based resume that is comprised of Edward Taylor being widely dubbed a well-respected preacher, teacher, evangelist, worshipper, father, and counselor, he has appropriately assumed his rightful place as the face of the historic Deliverance Chapel Church of God In Christ, located at 1438 Hortense Avenue.

DALLAS — For the record, it is a testimony that Edward Taylor deems it a foregone conclusion to share with the masses.

Every single chance he gets.

Just recently, Taylor found himself disclosing it once again, reliving the awe-inspiring notion that had it not been for the Lord on his side then, chances are, he wouldn’t merely know where he’d be.

Then again, he does have an idea, to put it rather bluntly.
“Had God not changed my life when He did, I would probably be dead or in jail,” Edwards, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, said, recalling the memorable, life-altering developments that led to his rise as an accomplished man of the cloth. “Also, I know if He changed my life, he can do it for someone else. So I take reaching the lost — evangelism — really serious.”
To grasp a thorough understanding of why Taylor would be considered a proverbial nuts and bolts — or a going by the book — type of minister, look no further than not just how God has provided for him a way of escape time and again.
Oh…and while you’re at it, look no further than how he’s diligently going about serving the people of God.
A notable faith-based resume that is comprised of Taylor being widely dubbed a well-respected preacher, teacher, evangelist, worshipper, father, and counselor, he has appropriately assumed his rightful place as the face of the historic Deliverance Chapel Church of God In Christ, located at 1438 Hortense Avenue.
Installed as an ordained elder approximately two years later by the late Bishop J. Neaul Haynes, the former Prelate of the Texas Northeast First Jurisdictional, Taylor consequently served closely under late Superintendent Kelley Jr., a stint that would ultimately give way to his official installation as Deliverance Chapel’s Pastor months after Kelley Jr.’s untimely demise, despite having founded Dallas’ El Shaddai Temple Church of God In Christ in August 2011.

A tradition-rich institution that’s housed in the historic Oak Cliff community of Dallas, Deliverance Chapel has embraced wholeheartedly the keen leadership of Taylor, 53, since the longtime minister was installed as its third Senior Pastor in 2017.

Having succeeded the late Superintendent Elijah Kelley Jr., who passed away on November 19, 2016 at the age of 54, Taylor has made immeasurable strides since assuming the Senior Pastoral duties and, much to his delight, his congregation has unquestionably and gracefully received him in the process.

Deliverance Chapel was founded in 1981 by the late Superintendent Elijah Kelley, Sr. and his wife, Elect Lady Geneva Kelley.

“Although (I was) raised in a single parent home, my mother always taught me to work hard and never let anyone tell me what I can’t do or attain,” said Taylor, recalling the No. 1 key value he was taught as a child.

CONNECT WITH DELIVERANCE CHAPEL COGIC: http://dccogic.org/

SERVING WITH EXCELLENCE — To grasp a thorough understanding of why Taylor would be considered a proverbial nuts and bolts — or a going by the book — type of minister, look no further than not just how God has provided him a way of escape time and again, but look no further than how he has gone about serving the people of God.

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Taylor and his family relocated from the Magnolia to the Lone Star State in 2004, approximately nine years after he had effectively accepted his calling to preach the gospel.

Interestingly, even before God had strategically set Taylor aside for His use, this young preacher endured a tumultuous season in the wilderness, one that was mired by his constant drug addiction.

All things considered, coupled with divine purpose for which he was created, even a somewhat lengthy connection to drugs wasn’t enough to steer Taylor to a premature death, mind you.


LEAST WE FORGET 

REMEMBERING HIS PREDICESSORS  — Having succeeded the late Superintendent Elijah Kelley Jr., who passed away on November 19, 2016 at the age of 54, Taylor has made immeasurable strides since assuming Senior Pastor duties and, much to his delight, his congregation has unquestionably and gracefully received him in the process.

If nothing else, it seemed that such a downtrodden and gloomy season of his life only impressed upon the heart of his Creator to come after him the more. So much so that this young, gifted preacher from the “SIP” (a historic abbreviation for Mississippi) had no choice but to do away with his potentially dead-end addiction, thus pick up his cross and obey God’s specific commands that included, among other things, leading His people for such a time as now.

Because at the end of the real day, Taylor was taught, more than anything, that only what you do for Christ will last.

AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART

Armed with well over three decades of experience in the ministry, Taylor is especially appreciative of the valiant and unyielding support of Elect Lady Tangela Taylor, his wife of 15 years, who serves alongside him in ministry.

Here he is today, functioning mightily in his element as the chief executive officer of one of the most longstanding ministries in Dallas/Fort Worth which, to his credit, is a far cry from those days back home in Mississippi, where the adversary sensed he had Taylor right where he wanted him.

But God…

SERVANT’S HEART — For what it’s worth, this national COGIC Adjutant has been serving ever since — serving with a pure and contrite heart, serving immense adherence and trustworthiness, serving according to God’s purpose.

“(My ) family is very supportive, especially my mother and adult children,” said Taylor, explaining his transition to Senior Pastor nearly two years ago.

Armed with well over three decades of experience in the ministry, Taylor is especially appreciative of the valiant and unyielding support of Elect Lady Tangela Taylor, his wife of 15 years, who serves alongside him in ministry.


 

“The Lord has blessed us to work together to accomplish great things in the ministry,” Taylor said of his companion’s unparalleled support. “Our greatest desire is to take the church to another level and build the people and let God grow the church. Deliverance Chapel is a united body, and is definitely a good church to go to heaven from.”

Credit Taylor’s predecessor as arguably the biggest reason why.

Taylor joined Deliverance Chapel in 2004 after serving a brief tenure under Pastor Joe Starks of Shady Gove Church of God In Christ in nearby Irving, Texas.

RIGHT WHERE GOD WANTS HIM — Here is Taylor today, functioning mightily in his element as the chief executive officer of one of the most longstanding ministries in Dallas/Fort Worth which, to his credit, is a far cry from the days back home in Mississippi, where the adversary sensed that he had Taylor right where he wanted him. But God…

Installed as an ordained elder approximately two years later by the late Bishop J. Neaul Haynes, the former Prelate of the Texas Northeast First Jurisdictional, Taylor consequently served closely under Superintendent Kelley Jr.

Such a stint would ultimately give way to Taylor’s official installation as Deliverance Chapel’s Pastor months after Kelley Jr.’s untimely demise, despite having founded Dallas’ El Shaddai Temple Church of God In Christ in August 2011.

Deliverance Chapel was founded in 1981 by the late Superintendent Elijah Kelley, Sr. and his wife, Elect Lady Geneva Kelley.

Prior to assuming his Pastoral assignment in Texas, Taylor served at Amazing Institutional Church of God in Christ in Jackson, Mississippi, under the leadership of Superintendent Marcus Butler.

Currently, Taylor serves as Evangelist President to Bishop Nathaniel De’Anthony Wells, the Prelate of Texas Northeast Fourth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.

Asked when he sensed that God was strategically him for ministry, Taylor said without hesitation: “When I accepted my calling at age 30.”

A PROVEN LEADER — A tradition-rich institution that’s housed in the historic Oak Cliff community of Dallas, Deliverance Chapel has embraced wholeheartedly the keen leadership of Taylor, 53, since the longtime minister was installed as its third Senior Pastor in 2017.

For what it’s worth, though, this national COGIC Adjutant has been serving conscientiously ever since — serving with a pure and contrite heart, serving with immense adherence and trustworthiness, serving according to God’s purpose.

Most of all, he’s serving fervently from God’s perspective.

Which, because of the divine calling on his life, is a far cry from those days back home in Mississippi, where the adversary sensed he had him right where he wanted him.

But God…


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Pastor Edward Taylor of Deliverance Chapel Church of God In Christ, or to schedule him for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 214.371.1744, or connect with him via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/deliverancechapel.cogic.9. Also, to follow Deliverance Chapel’s Live Stream, log on to: https://www.facebook.com/deliverance.chapel.98.


CONNECT WITH THIS AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST FOR MEDIA EXPOSURE

 

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

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

San Antonio’s Aunjane ”AJ” Johnson defying odds, making major moves as young entrepreneur


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


GOD’S FAITH STEPPER 

ALA-MO SUCCESS — A native of San Antonio, Aunjane ”AJ” Johnson is a full-time entrepreneur as the owner and CEO of Destination Prosperity Multiservice Company, LLC, which specializes in offering business startup coaching, particularly through what Johnson describes as customized kits and power hours based specifically on their growth and industry, she told Making Headline News this week.

DALLAS — Although it might be widely considered rather clichéish, Aunjane ”AJ” Johnson would be the first to tell to that age ain’t nothing but a number.

Consider, for instance, the fact that Johnson is just 24 years of age.

Still, for someone who’s roughly five months away from witnessing her 25th birthday, Johnson is steadily devising ways to function mightily in her element, most notably as a young entrepreneur.

A native of San Antonio, Johnson is a full-time entrepreneur as the owner and CEO of Destination Prosperity Multiservice Company, LLC, which specializes in offering business startup coaching, particularly through what Johnson describes as customized kits and power hours based specifically on their growth and industry, she told Making Headline News this week.

WHAT ABOUT “AJ’s BUSINESS? https://www.destinationprosperityllc.net/

COVERED BY ANGELS — All things considered, Johnson’s immeasurable success as a young businesswoman has emerged amid her share of hardships, a trend that, to her credit, has contributed mightily to her quest to go after all her critics and naysayers sensed she couldn’t have. After experiencing what she describes as “a very traumatic three years of my life,” Johnson recalls like yesterday when, truth be told, she was practically homeless, living out of a laundry basket or, as she vividly explains, a section of closet space and with two drawers, to be more technical.

In addition, Johnson’s venture customarily offers financial literacy coaching and education services as a strategic way to greatly aid individuals, especially those who often struggle with the management of their personal finances through monthly budgeting, savings plans, and workshops along with affordable credit consulting.

A business venture that went full throttle some two-and-a-half years ago, Johnson is thoroughly convinced that Destination Prosperity Multiservice Company, LLC’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.


“I like educating, motivating, and assisting entrepreneurs and the community to learn how to build something of their own, manage their finances, and build their credit ethically and legally,” said Johnson, who rising business accommodates persons ranging in ages 13-and-up or, as she specifically acknowledges, “middle school through college students and adults up to age 40.”


All things considered, Johnson’s immeasurable success as a young businesswoman has emerged amid her share of hardships, a trend that, to her credit, has contributed mightily to her quest to go after all her critics and naysayers sensed she couldn’t have.

After experiencing what she describes as “a very traumatic three years of my life,” Johnson recalls like yesterday when, truth be told, she was practically homeless, living out of a laundry basket or, as she vividly explains, a section of closet space and with two drawers, to be more technical.

That, she said, is when reality has finally set in, considering even as a youngster, she knew full well that she was fearfully and wonderfully made in God, she knew full well that there’s got to be more to life than what was placed in front of her.

But God…

“I made a decision that I would create a better life for (my child),” Johnson said. “I decided we would be on housing for a bit until I finished college, but during that time, I will start planning my company and securing our future by building a business so I can spend time with my baby girl after being raised as a single mother, who had dreams but worked constantly.”

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — For someone who’s a roughly five months from witnessing her 25th birthday, Johnson is steadily devising ways to function mightily in her element, most notably as a young entrepreneur.

To her credit, coupled with what seemed to be a renewed sense of unshakable faith, Johnson stayed the course, stayed true to herself and, most importantly, trusted the process until she reaped the favorable results she so desperate sought.

In that order.

After graduating from Douglas  San Antonio’s Macarthur High School at 17 years of age, Johnson enrolled in the Cosmetology Program at Milan Institute, then finished a couple years later at Ogle School Of Hair, Skin and Nails.

Interestingly, she’s currently studying Accounting at Colorado Technical University and has just three sessions left to complete her undergraduate degree requirements.


WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS…

As if these achievements aren’t enough to cap off a dramatic comeback story, Johnson announced that she’s scheduled to make a few podcast appearances in the foreseeable future and will be teaching a virtual class teaching April 2 entitled, “How to Build An Agency.”

As for her rising company, Johnson said, “My personal mission is to build and educate the community. I want people to stop sitting on their dreams and go for it.”

Because, as she puts it forthright, life is precious, yet fragile, meaning we’ve only got one shot at this thing.

So it’s either hit or miss.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — After graduating from Douglas  San Antonio’s Macarthur High School at 17 years of age, Johnson enrolled in the Cosmetology Program at Milan Institute, then finished a couple years later at Ogle School Of Hair, Skin and Nails. Interestingly, she’s currently studying Accounting at Colorado Technical University and has just three sessions left to complete her undergraduate degree requirements.

“We only get one life,” said Johnson, “and I want anyone I’m blessed to reach to live their best life despite life’s challenges.”

Well said by this young, flourishing businesswoman whom, even at 24 years of age, knows a thing or two about defying some of life’s greatest challenges.


For more information about San Antonio Businesswoman Aunjane ”AJ” Johnson of Destination Prosperity Multiservice Company, LLC, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call her at 361-265-8815. Send email to: aunjanew@gmail.com. Also, connect with her via social media at:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/ajdpmctx

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AJ.DPMC.


CONNECT WITH THIS AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST FOR MEDIA EXPOSURE

 

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

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

Texas 5-star entrepreneur Shelia Henry is a radiant go-getter as owner and CEO of multiple business ventures

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES BUSINESSWOMAN SHELIA HENRY

 

 

Shelia Henry can be appropriately described as a number of superlatives.

A true go-getter undoubtedly would be one of them.

FULFILLING HER PURPOSE — Aside from being dubbed a go-getter, longtime entrepreneur Shelia Henry is one who could be appropriately labeled a serial entrepreneur, considering the Houston native owns multiple business ventures, most notably Hazel Maid Service, her featured one that has been in operations for the past 15-plus years.

“I love helping and seeing people grow and elevate to the next level,” Henry, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said when asked why is it imperative that she esteems others daily highly than herself.

For what it’s worth, Henry has surely stayed true to herself, particularly as it relates to aiding others mightily to progress to the next level.

Credit her immeasurable resume as a longtime Houston-area businesswoman as arguably the biggest reason why.

Aside from being dubbed a go-getter, Henry, is one who could be appropriately labeled a serial entrepreneur, considering the Houston native owns multiple business ventures, most notably Hazel Maid Service, her featured one that has been in operations for the past 15-plus years.

MORE ON HAZEL MAIDS: http://www.hazelmaidservices.com/

Located at 2600 South Loop West, Suite 630 in Houston, Henry’s Hazel Maid Service is widely known for providing efficient and quality cleaning at an affordable price, according to a detailed breakdown of this venture at http://www.hazelmaidservices.com/.

Not only that, Hazel Maid Services offer a wide range of residential and commercial cleaning experiences, as well as specialize in cleaning homes to meet its clients’ everyday needs.

“Finding the time to conduct a thorough house cleaning is difficult, especially with all the pressures and demands already placed on you,” said a spokesperson for Hazel Maid Service on the company’s website.

“We clean your home the way you want,” said a Hazel Maid Services spokesperson. “That means our professional maid service will provide a quality, professional staff to assist you.”

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — A graduated Houston’s Ross Shaw Sterling High School, Henry attended Houston Community College, where she obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.

Besides her longstanding home-cleaning service, which has enjoyed a considerable amount of success since its inception, Henry is owner of She Shic Virgin Hair, a business venture that is currently in the works and is expected to go into full operations sometime in the foreseeable future.

Also, Henry is founder and director of Right Step Right Direction and Girl Chat Alumni non-profit organizations, both of which are designed in large part to cater to downtrodden females in various communities.

These organizations, by all accounts, are widely known for aiding ladies, particularly those who have endured domestic violence and other forms of hardships get back on their feet, thus helping them make a smooth and favorable transition back in the community.

MORE ON RIGHT STEP RIGHT DIRECTION: https://www.rightsteprightdirection.org/

IMPACTING LIVES — Henry is also founder and CEO of Powerful Minds Of A Business Woman, a community-based organization that caters mostly to what Henry deems “our everyday woman that has the drive, strive and ambition to be an entrepreneur.”

“Throughout life difficulties and struggles, I am a survivor of many things,” Henry said. “I am an advocate for domestic violence, and I believe in being a streamline to help one another.”

As for Girl Chat Alumni, which customarily holds a monthly forum for open group discussions that support life struggles and difficulties, Henry said her organization is especially involved in serving the community, during which it volunteers when needed.

MORE ON GIRL CHAT ALUMNI: https://www.girlchatalumni.org/

“We participate in outside events, traveling, outreach, and educating ladies,” Henry said.

Wait. That’s not all this notable businesswoman does.

SERVANT’S HEART — Henry’s Hazel Maid Services offer a wide range of residential and commercial cleaning experiences, as well as specialize in cleaning homes to meet its clients’ everyday needs.

She’s also founder and CEO of Powerful Minds Of A Business Woman, a community-based organization that caters mostly to what Henry deems “our everyday woman that has the drive, strive and ambition to be an entrepreneur.”

The primary objective for Powerful Minds Of A Business Woman, Henry emphasized, is to provide clients with concrete resources, thus provide them with pertinent information on how to start their own business and to be successful in the process.

“My personal mission is to be able to give away what God gave to me and to be a great service of society — when and wherever that may be — in a professional setting,” Henry said.

A graduate of Houston’s Ross Shaw Sterling High School, Henry attended Houston Community College, where she obtained an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.  Consequently, she enrolled at North Star Institute, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology Biblical Studies.

BUSY BODY — Besides her longstanding home-cleaning service, which has enjoyed a considerable amount of success since its inception, Henry is owner of She Shic Virgin Hair, a business venture that is currently in the works and is expected to go into full operations sometime in the foreseeable future. Also, Henry is founder and director of Right Step Right Direction and Girl Chat Alumni non-profit organizations, both of which are designed in large part to cater to downtrodden females in various communities.

As for her featured business venture, Henry knows full well that her labor isn’t merely in vain, considering she has been the beneficiary of a notable honor for her valiant efforts.

Henry came away with consecutive City Beats News Customer Services Awards for 2017 and 2018.

GOD’S PLAN — Henry enrolled at North Star Institute, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology Biblical Studies.

“We are proud,” Henry said of having been honored for her body of work through Hazel Maids. “We take pride in being a part of helping families upkeep their homes due to a busy lifestyle and busy schedules. We take pride in what we do and we strive to make our customers happy.

“We love building relationships and we love being a part of history with families that we clean for.”

All of which explains why she can be appropriately described as a number of superlatives.

A true go-getter undoubtedly would be one of them.

For more information about Houston, Texas Businesswoman Shelia Henry or to inquire about her assortment of business ventures, call 832.901.3664 , or connect with her via social media under: Shelia Henry. Also, send email to: hazelmaids@yahoo.com.


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

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

CONNECT WITH THIS AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST FOR MEDIA EXPOSURE

VOTE NOW: Making Headline News Founder/Publisher Andre T. Johnson named nominee for a notable award

VOTE HERE, Y’ALL…VOTE HERE: https://www.ratedboujieawards.com/

 

DALLAS — Surely, such remarkable news caught me by surprise.

CHASING GREATNESS THROUGH JOURNALISM — A native of Memphis, longtime journalist Andre T. Johnson is a former sports reporter for Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper and Senior Writer for the now-defunct Memphis Sport Magazine. He worked as full-time staffer for The Commercial Appeal from 2000-2002, during which he was the beat reporter for the Memphis Houn’dawgs of now-defunct American Basketball Assocation and the Memphis Xplorers of the arenafootball2 league. (Photo by Tiffany L. Mackey/Divine Images)

Just after 4 p.m. CST on Monday, I was informed by Houston-based entrepreneur Tiffeny Young that I’ve been nominated for a rather admirable award for my journalistic contributions and media coverage to business owners throughout the state of Texas.

Yours truly has been named a nominee for “Publicist Of The Year” in the Second Annual Boujie Awards that will take place May 27 in Houston, Texas.

VOTE HERE, Y’ALL…VOTE HERE: https://www.ratedboujieawards.com/

Surely, such remarkable news caught me by surprise (Oh, I’ve said that already).

While I am humbled by this remarkable honor, I am asking those who believe that I am worthy of this notable award to vote for me, the proud Founder/Publisher & Editor In Chief of Making Headline News. As always, thank you in advance for your support and, most importantly, I’m asking for your continued prayers.

Johnson interviews Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant in November 2017 in Dallas. Johnson is presently in his eighth season covering the NBA. Prior to covering the Dallas Mavericks, he covered the Memphis Grizzlies from 2010-2014.

Surely, such news caught me by surprise.

Hey, you get the point.

Anyway, here are the details for nominating me:

Click on this link: https://www.ratedboujieawards.com/. Then click on NOMINATE and scroll down to the white section that reads, Who Will You Nominate? Then follow the next five simple steps before clicking “Submit.” NOTE: Be sure to choose “Publicist of The Year.” 

 

ABOUT LONGTIME JOURNALIST ANDRE T. JOHNSON

Andre Johnson is a longtime journalist and a 2000 graduate of the University of the Memphis with Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. A native of Memphis, Johnson is a former sports reporter for Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper and Senior Writer for the now-defunct Memphis Sport Magazine. He worked as full-time staffer for The Commercial Appeal from 2000-2002, during which he was the beat reporter for the Memphis Houn’dawgs of now-defunct American Basketball Assocation and the Memphis Xplorers of the arenafootball2 league. He has interviewed numerous sports personalities, most notably Archie Manning, LeBron James, George “Iceman” Gervin, Issac Bruce, Laila Ali, Vince Carter, Paul Westphal, Phil Jackson, Ken Hamlin, Cortez Kennedy, Michael Oher, Kobe Bryant, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Marc Gasol, Dwight Howard, James Harden, Patrick Willis, Stanley Morgan, Dirk Nowitzki, Rick Carlisle, Mark Cuban, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, John Force, Lamar Odom, Alexandra Stevenson, Derek Fisher, Penny Hardaway, Phillip Rivers, Colin Kaepernick, Jim Harbaugh, Tyreke Evans, Kirk Ferentz, and O. J. Mayo, among others. To reach Johnson, send email to: andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

 

Houston entrepreneur Derrell Noris bolts Corporate America, becomes Co-Founder of a booming business prior to age 30

During a weekend interview with Making Headline News, Derrell Noris recalled the time, during which he studied computer engineering at the historic Prairie View A&M University.

That he took seriously his academic studies at PVAMU, today, he can boldly profess, among other things, that he is walking in his purpose as an accomplished entrepreneur, most notably through his immeasurable craft as a software engineer.

A professional tenure that spans approximately six years, Noris is the proud Co-Founder of Fresh Tech Solutionz, a Houston-based company he established in December 2016 along with fellow businessman Bardiya Shadmehr

Located at 1301 Fannin Street, Suite 2440 in the greater Houston Metroplex, Fresh Tech Solutionz is widely known for developing affordable mobile apps and websites for businesses as a unique way to enable companies mobilize business processes and, most importantly, increase customer engagement.

DREAM TEAM — A professional tenure that spans approximately six years, Houston’s Derrell Noris is the proud Co-Founder of Fresh Tech Solutionz, a Houston-based company he established in December 2016 along with fellow businessman Bardiya Shadmehr.

“I created Fresh Tech Solutionz because I was doing mobile development in Corporate America and figured that I could do this for myself,” Noris said.

The wealth of experience he garnered as a Corporate America professional had ultimately given way to Noris taking what he describes as a “leap into entrepreneurship on faith,” a development that fueled his desire to bolt the comfortable confines of his corporate gig only to venture off and do his own thing.

Given the favorable strides he’s made since the inception of his business, it’s safe to assume that leaving Corporate America was surely a risk worth taking.

MORE ON FRESH TECH SOLUTIONZ: http://www.freshtechsolutionz.com/

“I’ve started my first business,” Noris, 29, said. “I wanted to make mobile apps available for small businesses who think that they can’t afford them.”

Not only that, Fresh Tech Solutionz is widely known for offering an a variety of amazing features and its apps that are comprised of a slew of dazzling features to further enhance your brand and connection with your audience.

According to a spokesperson, Fresh Tech Solutionz also offers:

  • Easy Customization: We make it easy for you to make adjustments to your app on the fly from our intuitive dashboard.
  • Automatic Updates: We update your app with the latest technologies consistently and at no extra cost to you.
  • Selective Push Notifications: Send targeted messages to the right people through the use of selective Push Notifications.
  • Top Notch Support: We will help you through every step of the process.
  • Loyalty Programs: Give your customers every incentive to become a repeat customer and,
  • Mobile Shopping: Our multiple ecommerce integrations will make it easy for you to sell more products.

When asked what’s so appealing about his business, Noris said, “Most small business owners think mobile app development costs too much. Our entire business model makes mobile apps affordable for the little guy. I love being able to provide a service to small businesses that allows them to compete on the same level as the big companies.”

Wait, there’s more, this young businessman acknowledged.

“Another perk about working at Fresh Tech is that I get to hear all kinds of wonderful ideas,” Noris, a Houston Channelview High School graduate, said. “We sign a lot of non-disc.”

Interestingly, Noris’ company has been afforded the golden opportunity to network in various establishments around the country, most notably in Brooklyn, New York, Miami, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas, during which he served as a vendor at SXSW.

All things considered, he’d be remiss if he did not give credit to arguably the No. 1 person who has greatly aided him in fulfilling his entrepreneurship dreams.

“My beautiful wife, Crystal Noris, is my biggest inspiration for me,” Noris said. “I am also lucky to have a circle of friends and family that include a lot of successful entrepreneurs. Being surrounded by greatness really inspires and motivates me to be great.”

NATIONAL IMPACT — Interesting, Noris’ company has been afforded the golden opportunity to network in various establishments around the country, most notably in Brooklyn, New York, Miami, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas, during which he served as a vendor at SXSW.

By and large, that Noris has managed to start a business prior to turning 30, thus savor some early success in the process, it’s safe to say that his best and brightest days are well ahead of him.

That’s what’s up for this young, thriving businessman from the East side of Houston.

“There are a lot of people who have ideas of starting their own business, but haven’t done so for whatever reason,” Noris said. “I want to be an example, showing that it is possible to make the leap and be successful. I encourage anyone that is on the edge to take the leap and stop waiting for the right time. The right time is now, so go ahead and take the leap. And please contact me if you need any help, encouragement, or advice on how to get started.”

 

For more information about Fresh Tech Solutionz, call Call 713.893.8125. Also, Derrell Noris can be reached via email at: apps@freshtechsolutionz.com.

 

CHECK OUT FRESH TECH SOLUTIONZ’S LASTEST COMMERCIAL: 

 

 

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

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

 

Dallas/Fort Worth-area gospel recording artist Kenny Skinner’s debut single released eight years after his mother’s passing

A MAKING HEADLINE NEWS VALENTINE’S DAY 2018 SPECIAL REPORT

 

DALLAS — Valentine’s Day 2018 is one about which Kenny Skinner will remember for years to come.

Probably for the rest of his life.

Credit a few key members of his family and the single, most underlying reason why.

MOM KNOWS BEST — To his distinctly unique credit, that his mother kept him surrounded mostly in a Christian-oriented environment essentially proved beneficial for Dallas/Fort Worth-area gospel recording artist Kenny Skinner, an accomplished gospel singer and the mastermind behind his recently-released debut single entitled, “More Like You.”

“I have great support from my family,” Skinner, the Music Director of Empowered Outreach Church in Denton, Texas (Senior Pastor Kenneth D. Davis) said during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News. “I’m fortunate to have both grandmothers living. They are my number one supporters.  They both keep me grounded.”

Much to his delight and most importantly, Skinner has his beloved mother, Dianne Mitchell Skinner, to thank for having arguably the biggest impact on his life.

A proud preacher’s kid who is a native of nearby Longview, Texas, Skinner was brought up in the historic Church of God In Christ, during which so he was a fixture for the Young People Willing Workers Department (or YPWW), not to mention a regular attendee of Sunday School, morning and evening worship services, midweek Bible Study, as well as the Sunshine Band and Purity Class.

To his distinctly unique credit, that his mother kept him surrounded mostly in a Christian-oriented environment essentially proved beneficial for Skinner, an accomplished gospel singer and the mastermind behind his recently-released debut single entitled, “More Like You.”

LISTEN TO KENNY SKINNER’S DEBUT SINGLE HERE: https://kennyskinner.hearnow.com/

A song that is powered by his debut forthcoming album entitled, “Kenny Skinner Forty Eight,” Skinner’s featured spiritual hit was officially released on February 2 — ironically on his 40th birthday — and a little more than eight years since his beloved, big-hearted angel departed this earth for her heavenly reward.

Widely regarded as his “best friend” and inspiration, Mitchell Skinner passed away on January 23, 2010 at the tender age of 58.

Aside from having instilled in her son some rich, life-enhancing godly principles, Mitchell Skinner was also responsible for paving the way for her son through the gospel music industry, considering she was a devoted musician in her own right.

GLOBAL PRESENCE — Skinner has been fortunate to have toured overseas with some amazingly gifted artists. He was originally on tour to play keys, but ended up singing as well. “That’s when I found my new passion to sing,” he said. Pictured with Skinner in Europe (from left to right): Knagui Damon, Racheal Clifton, Andrea Lawrence, La’La Johnson and Skinner.

“She’d have me on the stool as she would play during service,” Skinner recalled. “I think that’s where the passion of music was cultivated.”

Interestingly, Mitchell Skinner, was a praise and worship fixture in the Body of Christ, most notably as a longtime musician for her father, late Superintendent F. L. Mitchell.

“When my father was called to ministry, he wanted my mother to come along with him; however, that’d left my grandfather without a musician,” Skinner explained. “My mother prayed and asked God to send her father a musician so that she could honor my dad’s request, not knowing that (through God), I’d be the answered prayer.”

PAVED THE WAY — Widely regarded as his “best friend” and inspiration, Mitchell Skinner passed away on January 23, 2010 at the tender age of 58. Aside from having instilled in her son some rich, life-enhancing godly principles, Mitchell Skinner was also responsible for paving the way for her son through the gospel music industry, considering she was a devoted musician.

Indeed Skinner was the answer to a much-needed prayer request. Never mind he was only seven years of age and hadn’t spent one minute taking piano lessons. Because at the end of the real day, what he had ultimately discovered is that had been strategically set him aside for God’s use.

“God blessed me with the gift to play the piano,” Skinner said. “I would travel all across the world with my grandfather.  Both of my grandfathers were singers as well. My other grandfather was a musician, so I’ve been truly blessed to carry both legacies.”

Consequently, Skinner was offered the opportunity to be my mother’s care giver during the final seven months of her life.

“I saw things that no children should ever have to witness,” Skinner said.

A preacher’s kid who is a native of nearby Longview, Texas, Kenny Skinner was brought up in the historic Church of God In Christ, during which so he was a fixture for YPWW, not to mention a regular attendee of Sunday School, morning and evening worship services, midweek Bible Study, as well as the Sunshine Band and Purity Class.

For what it’s worth, Skinner’s intimate time with his mother month’s before she expired essentially had provided him with a newfound disposition on life — the sort of change that  eventually fueled his desire to serve God unlike never before, especially through his immeasurable and globally-acclaimed music talents.

Credit a few key members of his family and the single, most underlying reason why.

Especially good ole Mama Skinner.

“We really didn’t have a choice,” said Skinner, referring to his notable upbringing and heavy involvement in the church. “I was also the musician for both of my grandfather’s churches. I have five siblings. My mother had two sets of twins.  I’m one of them (twin sister).  We had Sunday School on the way to church and, if we didn’t learn the memory verse, my mother would pinch us under the arms.”

SHE’S TRULY MISSED — For what it’s worth, Skinner’s intimate time with his mother month’s before she expired essentially had provided him with a newfound disposition on life — the sort of change that had eventually fueled his desire to serve God unlike never before through his immeasurable music talents.

As it turned out, those customary pinches, coupled with his mother’s unyielding support, benefited Skinner mightily throughout the years.

Now we know why.

Having witnessed God positioning him for ministry at a relatively early age — “I just wasn’t fully ready to totally surrender,” Skinner admitted — this young PK had finally sold out to his Creator on May 22, 2016, a development that eventually gave way to him preaching his first sermon.

Never mind that while a college undergrad, he was carjacked at gun point.

WELL DONE — All that matters today is that Dianne Mitchell Skinner’s beloved son has not only sold out completely to God, but he’s successfully carrying out his mother’s well-publicized legacy in the process. Yep. That’s just like God.

Never mind that he literally saw his life flash before him.

“All I remember saying was, ‘The Blood of Jesus,’” Skinner said. “That was scary.  Even though God brought me out, I still was straddling the fence. I didn’t truly surrender until the passing of my mom.  That’s when life became real to me.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

Because all that matters today is that Dianne Mitchell Skinner’s beloved son has not only sold out completely to God, but he’s successfully carrying out her well-publicized legacy in the process.

Yep. That’s just like God.

“My prayer is that the song not only ministers, but inspires the listener to become more like Christ,” Skinner said of his newly-released debut single. “We’re living in a society where Christianity is becoming less and less popular. As followers of Christ, we have a responsibility to live a life that pleasing to the Father.

Much to his delight and most importantly, Skinner has his beloved mother, Dianne Mitchell Skinner, to thank for having arguably the biggest impact on his life.

“”As we align ourselves according to the Father’s will, others would be drawn to him,” added Skinner, who’s currently working on new music projects that are scheduled to be released later this year.

Finally, this young psalmist deemed it essential to go into preaching mode, of sorts which, come to think of it, isn’t merely a surprise, considering he hails from a family full of preachers.

“We are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted?” said Skinner, reciting the familiar passage that is Matthew 5:13. “It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”

All things considered, credit a few key members of his family and the single, most underlying reason why Skinner is determined to live — and sing — for Almighty God.

All things considered, there’s no doubt that Valentine’s Day 2018 is one about which he will remember for years to come.

Probably for the rest of his life.

 

For more information on Gospel Recording Artist Kenny Skinner or to purchase his album or schedule him for a singing engagement, connect with him via under “Kenny Skinner.” Also, send email to: skinnermusic22@gmail.com

 

 

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

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