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Mid-South AAU hoops player Christian Brown following in foosteps of his mom and dad

BEAST MODE 

REMEMBER THE NAME — To his credit, AAU basketball standout Christian Brown went into beast mode during what was a memorable AAU game between Brown’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee-area Storm squad versus Eagleville. In a game that will go down as arguably the most memorable one to date for Brown, his Storm team faced a 12-point deficit with inside of two minutes remaining. That is when spectators witnessed flashes of greatness surrounding a kid who’s nearing 6-foot as a preteen.

He’s only 12 years of age.

But for a youth basketball player, Christian Brown is a beast on the court.

To his credit, he certainly went into full beast mode during what was a memorable AAU game between Brown’s Murfreesboro, Tennessee-area Storm squad versus Eagleville.

In a game that will go down as arguably the most memorable one to date for Brown, his Storm team faced a 12-point deficit with inside of two minutes remaining.
That is when spectators witnessed flashes of greatness surrounding a kid who’s nearing 6-foot as a preteen.
Brown was the catalyst for a Storm team that stormed back in the waning moments, erasing a double-digit deficit and miraculously coming away with a 50-49 victory, having outscored the opposition, 18-3, the rest of the way.
In manufacturing 17 points in what was an AAU game for the ages, Brown managed some late heroics when he stole an in-bounds pass and was fouled as a result.

His two clutch free throws helped the Storm ease out to the final margin and, most importantly, his immeasurable display proved to be a microcosm of his resiliency for which he customarily exemplifies in close-game situations.

So remember the name, much sooner than later: Christian Brown.

Because if there’s one thing he’s proven, it’s that his best and brightest days are well ahead of him.

“I always tell him he’s destined for greatness and to always make the most of each day,” said Chelsea Brown, Christians’s mother, during interview with Making Headline News this week. “That day will be confirmation of what we speak into his life on a daily basis.”

If anyone can appropriately assess — and critique — Christian’s progress on and off the court, it’s his mother.

Chelsea Brown was a basketball standout in her own right, most notably in high school, where she starred for perennial power Memphis Whitehaven (from 1990 to 1992), which boasted a number of Division 1 recruits. Brown went on to star at SWAC member Southern University from 1992 to 1995, capping off what was stellar basketball tenure for the native Memphian.


RESPECT DA HAVEN

IN RETROSPECT — Christian Brown’s mother, Chelsea Brown, was a basketball standout in her own right, most notably in high school, where she starred for perennial power Whitehaven (from 1990 to 1992), which boasted a number of Division 1 recruits.

Given that her son seems on path to following in the footsteps of his parents – both his mother and father are former athletes — it’s safe to assume that, well, the apple didn’t fall very far from the tree (with all due respect).

“Of course, I will be overjoyed to see his dreams and aspirations come to fruition,” said Chelsea Brown how special would it be if her son is fortunate to sign a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball. “But most of all, I’m thankful for the opportunity for him to continue to grow as an athlete.”

Chances are, the 5-foot-10 Christian Brown will grow — literally and figuratively — in the foreseeable future as he looks ahead to next season as one of the marquee players for Rocky Fork Middle School in Smyrna, Tennessee.

A slim 113-pounder — yet with so much growing to do and weight to put on — Christian often rotates between playing the small forward and shooting guard positions.

In addition to his attractive length for a 12-year-old, he’s proven to hold his own and make his presence felt, particularly against bigger and more experienced players, a trend that shouldn’t merely come as a surprise, considering Christian began playing competitive basketball at five years of age for the Rutherford County basketball league.

“He beat everyone down the court and played good defense,” Chelsea Brown said. “And he was the tallest kid on the court most of the time.”

The possibility exist that will surely be the case when he transitions to the prep basketball ranks, an attribute that figures to garner the attention of scouts and recruiters.


“He never ceases to amaze me,” Chelsea said her son’s continuous progress. “I love watching him exceed my expectations through growth and development. He always plays to the end.”

He sure does.

Remember that recent game against Eagleville?

His mother sure does. There’s a good chance she won’t be forgetting it, either.

FULL RIDE — Brown (in powder blue) went on to star at SWAC member Southern University from 1992 to 1995, capping off what was stellar basketball tenure for the native Memphian.

“I actually witnessed him lead his team to victory with two minutes on the clock and they were down by 12,” said Chelsea in pure wonderment. “I saw it in his eyes. He reads his opponents and went into (attack mode) and came out victorious.”

That, to his credit, figures to be a sign of things to come — much sooner than later.


“My parents always tell me that as long as I work hard, developing as a student-athlete, they will always provide an avenue for me to succeed,” said Christian, who recently was the beneficiary of the Athlete Academic Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average (he manufactured a 3.6 GPA), as well as being named Offensive Player of the Year in both football and basketball.

In addition to his attractive length for a 12-year-old, he’s proven to hold his own and make his presence felt, particularly against bigger and more experienced players, a trend that shouldn’t merely come as a surprise, considering Christian began playing competitive basketball at five years of age for the Rutherford County basketball league.

“My dad is always there to support me, and his presence always motivates me to play hard.”

Interestingly, although he has plenty of basketball left to play before bolting the high prep ranks, Christian doesn’t shy away from the notion that’s he’s presently auditioning for a full-ride athletic scholarship.

As far as he’s concerned, there’s no time to waste, not when he’s closing in on 6-feet in height as a preteen and making his presence felt against more experienced players.

“I would like (scouts and recruiters) to know that I am a hard worker and coachable,” said Christian, who will attend a hoops camp at Duke University over the summer. “I am a team player and have experience, playing every position on the floor. Most of all, I’m always open to learning and using skills learned from camps and other resources.”


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Memphis businessman/author Tony Jackson’s new book blossoms into forthcoming movie

MEMPHIS MADE

DALLAS — Tony Jackson just keeps on making major strides.

A young, thriving Mid-South-area businessman, Jackson is not only having an immeasurable, continuous impact on the Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape, but with the help of his beloved companion, Monica Jackson, Tony Jackson has managed to savor yet another milestone, one that’s centered largely on — brace yourselves — producing a movie.

Yep. This isn’t merely a typo. Rather, it’s reality, an awe-inspiring development that surfaced, courtesy of Tony Jackson’s book entitled, “The Fair Shot That Was Never Given.”

Interestingly, the Jacksons’ movie stems from Chapter 4 of his book  entitled, “The Story Of Randolph,” which is available for purchase at Walmart.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and Amazon.com. To his credit, Tony Jackson allows viewers access to the daily life of a Pastor, who’s struggling with being a manfirst and foremost, and then a Pastor.

Randolph, as Jackson explained during a recent interview with Making Headline News, is under a constant monitoring by people around him, considering he’s eager to do what this producers deems as “regular things,” thus become actively engaged in having fun without being bound by the “Bishop” title that he carries.

“He is a young Bishop and feels he has been bottled, because of the title, and the expectations of people.” Tony Jackson said of Bishop Randolph, who’s characterized by rising actor Mynoris Woods.

Interestingly, the Jacksons’ movie stems from Chapter 4 of his book that’s entitled, “The Story Of Randolph,” which is available for purchase at Walmart.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and Amazon.com. To his credit, Tony Jackson allows viewers access to the daily life of a Pastor who’s struggling with being the man first and foremost, and then a Pastor second.

The young lady he’s diligently pursuing is up-and-coming actress Sweetrica Baker, who plays “Kelly” in this newly-produced film. The other main character is “Aunt Julie” (Kelly’s Aunt), who’s original name is Mrs. Mary White.

Surely, while the “The Story Of Randolph” figures to be an intriguing and informative movie, MHN deemed it essential to speak with other cast members of the Jacksons’ forthcoming project.

That said, we present to you a dose of our Q’s and A’s.

 

ABOUT TO BE LIT — This isn’t merely a typo. Rather, it’s reality, an awe-inspiring development that surfaced, courtesy of Tony Jackson’s book entitled, “The Fair Shot That Was Never Given.”

MHN: What production company did you partner with on this movie?

TONY JACKSON: I’m glad you asked. We went with one of the dopest film makers out of Nashville named Victoria Jones. Her company is VaJones Films, In addition to VaJones, she brought on All-Star editor/film crew member Clarence Scott of CScottRun Productions. Additionally, they flew in another bright mind from Nashville: Kevin Mumphrey of Kevin Mumphrey MumphreyProductionsLLC, who also does production and sound. And my wife, Monica R. Jackson, and myself are co-directors, and together, we makeup Jackson4CompaniesLLC. This is a dynamic team. They have been a part of a lot of major projects over the years, including the show, “Nashville.”

MHN: What do you like most about being an actress and playing the role of Kelly?

SWEETRICA BAKER: I enjoy becoming the character. I have always had an appreciation for the arts. It has always been a part of my life in one form or another. My mother always desired for me to do something in modeling, but for years, I was self-conscious about my body and even my skin, so I settled for acting classes in my youth. As I have grown older and learned to appreciate life and the various ways we live it, I have learned to embrace my curves and everything about me that makes me different from everyone else. As an actress, you get to step outside of yourself and become someone else. It is easy for me to feel what my character is feeling, but at some point I was there, too. I understand Kelly not wanting to be burned, especially by a man of the cloth. When you are attached to a messenger of God’s word, you are voluntarily exposed to other’s judgments constantly. The man, not the minister, can’t show that he is fallible. The woman attached to him seems to be held accountable for not only his public image, but her’s and everyone attached to them. I can’t image every first lady’s burden.

Randolph, as Jackson explained to Making Headline News during a recent interview, is under a constant monitoring by people around him, considering he’s eager to do what this producers deems as “regular things,” thus become actively engaged in having fun without being bound by the “Bishop” title that he carries.

MHN: Mynoris Woods, or Bishop if I may ask, What do you like most about being an actor and playing the role of Randolph?

MYNORIS WOODS: It allows me to formulate and understanding for my character and to actually bring my character to life. And playing Randolph in the movie is nothing short of a blessing. It is amazing to play a role that’s so many people and so many clergy individuals have had to deal with on a daily basis, being judged just because they are a man or woman of the cloth. I love playing Randolph. It is one of the most exciting roles I’ve ever had in my life it actually reminds me of myself — LOL — but don’t tell no one.

MHN: What are amongst the age groups to whom your endeavor caters to?

MONICA JACKSON: I think we are attempting to cater to everyone, but putting a special focus on the church goers, people of faith, or anyone that puts people on pedestals knowingly or unknowingly. People in these positions are people first and their title second. They are watched so closely and are stressed a lot of times because they feel they are on that line.

MHN: In your own words, why is it imperative that you esteem and inspire others daily?

TONY JACKSON: Because life is hard. Literally every day, you have to get up and choose to be happy. Happy to me is a mindset. Very simple way I look at it. I control my feelings. If I’m happy, I’m happy, if I’m sad, I’m sad. As it relates to most things, if you say you’re going to do something, simply because you tried, you’ve succeeded. Failure is no such thing. But you’ll have to read all about that in my book, “The Fair Shot That Was Never Given.”

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A young, thriving Mid-South-area businessman, Tony Jackson has not only having an immeasurable impact on the Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape, but with the help of his beloved companion, Monica Jackson, Tony Jackson has managed to savor yet another milestone, one that’s centered largely on — brace yourselves — producing movie.

MHN: Anything else you’d like to add to this story?

MONICA JACKSON: Yes, be on the lookout for “The Story Of Randolph” and “The Man Of The Cloth” and purchase the book, “The Fair Shot That Was Never Given” by my husband, Tony M. Jackson, to get ahead of the story. This is just one of the stories out of the book. There are five more that you will be blessed by.

 

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For more information about Mid-South-area Businessman/Author Tony Jackson or to inquire about his book or movie, call 901-867-9262. Also, connect with him via social media at: Instagram: @arlingtoncomputersgeneral and Twitter: @Arlingtoncompu1.


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Accomplished Nashville author Raeshal Solomon completes her latest book in less than a week

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES RAESHAL SOLOMON


Raeshal Solomon is convinced that it is never too early to teach youngsters about the pros and cons of money.

“Parents need to understand that teaching their children about money can be easy and fun,” Solomon told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “They also need to know the importance of starting now.”

It is in large part because of these notable economic concepts that have greatly fueled Solomon’s desire to compose a book she senses will aid children mightily, particularly as it pertains to making wise monetary decisions as they mature in age.

MOM KNOWS BEST — A Nashville-area author, Raeshal Solomon is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “The 25 – 25 Strategies To Teach Your Child About Money,” her fourth published written document that was officially released on July 28.

A Nashville-area author, Solomon is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “The 25 – 25 Strategies To Teach Your Child About Money,” her fourth published written document that was officially released on July 28.

A book that is also known as “The 25,” Solomon’s latest project is a parent guide, of sorts, to teaching your children about money, courtesy of a book that has every day strategies, many of which any parent can use to make a complex subject like money fun and easy to talk about.

A book she began assembling approximately two months ago, Solomon — who technically has written somewhere in the neighborhood of two dozen  books — needed just six days to put the finishing touches on “The 25 – 25 Strategies To Teach Your Child About Money.”

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A book that is also known as “The 25,” Solomon’s latest project is a parent guide to teaching your children about money, courtesy of a book that has every day strategies, many of which any parent can use to make a complex subject like money fun and easy to talk about.

“I wrote the first 4,800 words in only two days,” Solomon said. “After working with my editor, I was able to finalize the book in four more days.”

Surely, it’s safe to assume that it was 10 days well spent for this thriving, progressive writer, who also authored these published books: “Shop, Shop, Shop,” “Tim’s Red Rudy,” and “Gale’s Day of Giving.”

When asked what is the divine message she’s sending to her reading audience through her latest book, Solomon said, “My other books are tools to help parents, but they are children’s books focused on financial literacy as well.”

YOU GO GIRL!!! A book she began assembling approximately two months ago, Solomon — who technically has written somewhere in the neighborhood of two books — needed just six days to put the finishing touches on “The 25 – 25 Strategies To Teach Your Child About Money.”

As expected, the feedback since the release of “The 25” has been mostly favorable for this native of Johns Island, South Carolina. 

“People love what I have created,” Solomon said. “They find my books to be helpful.”

RAESHAL SOLOMON RELATED STORY: https://makingheadlinenews.com/2017/06/14/nashville-area-author-raeshal-solomon-battles-through-sickle-cell-writes-an-unprecedented-23-childrens-books-in-a-three-year-span/ 

Having recently wrapped up a book tour, during which former NFL player Darius A. Robinson had the pleasure of reading several of Solomon’s books to a gallery of elementary students, Solomon emphasized that the purpose for which God has created her as an author is to teach children about money while they are young.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED — When asked what is the divine message she’s sending to her reading audience through her latest book, Solomon said, “My other books are tools to help parents, but they are children’s books focused on financial literacy as well.”

“We can raise more children who are givers and who are grateful,” Solomon said. “I honestly write what God places in my heart. I never know what He will give me next.”

Besides other forthcoming books, Solomon recently established a kids’ podcast called, “PodKash Kids,” which is geared largely toward what she describes as kid entrepreneurs.

For more information about Nashville-area Author Raeshal Solomon, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: Raeshal Solomon. Also, send email to: raeshal@gmail.com.


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

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


Mid-South-area author Dr. Sharliese Boateng assembles an awe-inspiring, spiritually gut-checking book in memory of her father

DESTINY STEPS — A staff pharmacist for Memphis’ St. Francis Hospital, Dr. Sharliese Boateng is the mastermind behind the emotionally inspiring book, Pregnant With Destiny: From Pain to Purpose. A 176-page, paperback written document that officially made its presence on the market in April 2017, Boateng, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, spoke at length about how during a flight to Ghana, West Africa in 2009, God strategically infused within her the idea of comparing a pregnant woman’s journey to that of our destiny and purpose, a life-changing, attention-grasping sequence He ultimately dropped in her spirit.

WEST MEMPHIS, Arkansas — Just after midday Tuesday, Dr. Sharliese Boateng wasted little time taking to her Facebook page to pay homage to the man widely known as “Big Ed” — or Edwin Dwayne Tatum to be technical.

Said Dr. Boateng in an awe-inspiring post that gave way to her acquiring a number of likes and favorable comments accompanied by a few intriguing hashtags:

As I head downstairs to autograph more books for Saturday, I can’t help but to recall the conversation my late father, Big Ed, and I had following a family altercation. He told me I would write a book to tell my story and help others! I laughed because that dude was always trying to make money. His heart was pure as gold, but his hands were always GREEN! Well, I listened to him more than 10 years ago when he said it. NOW I SEE! Daddy was RIGHT! Just having a #thinkingofmydaddy moment #restinlovebigguy…LITTLE ROCK, SEE YOU SATURDAY!#pregnantwithdestiny #therespurposeinthepain #push

Though Dr. Boateng’s father is a little more than 10 years removed from his death, that memorable, forthright suggestion he offered his daughter is something about which she didn’t merely take lightly.

Amongst the reasons is that the dialogue between Dr. Boateng and her father essentially served a memorable key ingredient, of sorts, particularly as it pertained to this accomplished medical professional taking a monumental step toward fulfilling the purpose for which God created her.

A staff pharmacist for Memphis’ St. Francis Hospital who resides in nearby West Memphis, Dr. Boateng is the mastermind behind the emotionally inspiring book, Pregnant With Destiny: From Pain To Purpose.

A 176-page, paperback written document that officially made its presence on the market in April 2017, Dr. Boateng, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, spoke at length about how during a flight to Ghana, West Africa in 2009, God had strategically infused within her the concept of comparing a pregnant woman’s journey to that of our destiny and purpose — a life-changing, attention-grasping sequence He ultimately dropped in her spirit.

“To be obedient to God for starters, but also to simply restore hope into people who have lost sight of their destiny due to distractions, frustrations, past traumatic events, etc.,” said Dr. Boateng, explaining the single, most underlying reason she chose to write her recently-released book.

REMEMBER ‘BIG ED’ — Just after midday Tuesday, Dr. Boateng wasted little time taking to her Facebook page to pay homage to the guy widely known as “Big Ed” — or Edwin Dwayne Tatum to be technical.

A book she needed roughly 6 ½ years to complete, Dr. Boateng’s Pregnant With Destiny: From Pain To Purpose emphasizes, among other things, that your destiny has always been something that God ordained to be tunneled vision but, because of life’s trials and tribulations, it has been seen through panoramic vision, Dr. Boateng explained in a detailed description on her book’s back cover.

In addition, Dr. Boateng eloquently explains how we include things that aren’t merely meant for the journey, yet we capture them in our view, she said.

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LEAN NOT UNTO OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING — All things considered, it is through the sometimes dreaded process that gives way to us becoming spiritually impregnated with destiny or, to be more specific, finding the strength and solace that will greatly drive us closer to Almighty God, Dr. Boateng essentially explains.

“My friend, everybody has a story,” Dr. Boateng boldly professes. “A past filled with happiness or painful things that you are not so proud about.”

Then without hesitation, this accomplished motivational speaker poses a rather thought-provoking question in her lofty quest to change and impact a generation through her compelling, provocative new book.

“But what if I told you that it all works out for your good and your life’s purpose?” Dr. Boateng asked. “Yes, God has created each of us with a powerful destiny, but the question that lies ahead is this: Are you willing to go through the process to see it birthed out?”

GOD ENDORSED IT — “To be obedient to God for starters, but also to simply restore hope into people who have lost sight of their destiny due to distractions, frustrations, past traumatic events, etc.,” said Dr. Boateng, explaining the single, most underlying reason she chose to write her recently-released book.

All things considered, it is through the sometimes dreaded process that gives way to us becoming spiritually impregnated with destiny or, to be more specific, finding the strength and solace that will greatly drive us closer to Almighty God, Dr. Boateng essentially explains.

“Another level of anointing, power and greatness is within your reach and the birthing will soon reveal it,” Dr. Boateng said. “All you have to do is rest assure and know that you are pregnant with destiny!”

Interesting enough, Dr. Boateng — a native of Little Rock, Arkansas who will host book signings Saturday and Sunday in her native establishment — acknowledged that her book is actually the “catalyst” and “platform” that will push her further into her destiny, particularly with regards to speaking into and over the lives of those who can’t quite make sense of which trimester they’re in.

Spiritual trimester, that is.

A book in which she needed roughly 6 ½ years to complete, Dr. Boateng’s Pregnant With Destiny: From Pain To Purpose emphasizes, among other things, that your destiny has always been something that God ordained to be tunneled vision, but because of life’s trials and tribulations, it has been seen through panoramic vision, explained a spokesperson for Dr. Boateng’s book at Amazon.com.

“This will be done through many speaking engagements, my own empowerment conferences, etc,” said Dr. Boateng, who’s also scheduled to promote her book during a Women’s Conference at New Hope Church of God In Christ in Wrightsville, Arkansas September 23 at 3 p. m. before returning to Ghana January 1-10 for more book signings. “God has called me to be a beacon of light to many, and I must allow the light to shine in a dark place of others to help push them to greater.

For what it’s worth, Dr. Boateng is confident her reading audience won’t misinterpret her book’s uniquely-designed cover that, to her credit, essentially tells a story in its own right.

DON’T GET IT TWISTED — Interesting enough, Dr. Boateng — a native of Little Rock, Arkansas who will host book signings Saturday and Sunday in her native establishment at Nations of Kings Assembly — acknowledged that her book is actually the “catalyst” and “platform” that will push her further into her destiny, particularly with regards to speaking into and over the lives of those who can’t quite make sense of which trimester they’re in. Spiritual trimester, that is.

“Some may look at the cover, see the word ‘pregnant,’ and automatically assume that this is a book for females only,” Dr. Boateng explained. “Not quite. Every person, be it male or female, has a spiritual womb, and God allows each person to have their own unique process to birth out that dream, vision, and purpose to ultimately fulfill destiny. In the end, it all brings glory back to the Father, because He placed it there from the beginning.”

As for her male counterparts…

“Men, don’t run,” Dr. Boateng said. “Read the book…reflect and embrace where you are, knowing that you too are pregnant with destiny.”

For this thriving, progressively resourceful author, no one knew that more than Big Ed.

Surely, dad knew best all along.

 

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

Andre Johnson is 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.

 

Mid-South-area businessman Dwayne Chaffen, Jr. striving to turn Memphis into an ‘information technology powerhouse’

TEN-NES-SEE THIS BOOMING BUSINESS — A native of Memphis, Dwayne Chaffen, Jr., 32, is owner and chief executive officer of Embrytech, an up-and-coming information technology-based venture that offers, among other things, digital marketing and IT consulting services for a variety of industries.

MEMPHISDwayne Chaffen, Jr. is only keeping it real.

During an interview this week with Making Headline News, Chaffen, Jr., an accomplished Memphis-based businessman who has appropriately found his niche in the ever-so-competitive information technology industry, explained in great detail what obviously is a downward trend, of sorts, particularly as it pertains to African-Americans becoming actively engaged in the prominent Silicon Valley Big Tech companies.

“I would like to say that many people may not realize it, but it is a statistical fact that many of our Silicon Valley Big Tech companies such as Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Intel, and Google workforce is less than two percent black,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Black people are highly misrepresented within the IT industry.”

GETTIN’ IN WHERE HE FIT IN — Chaffen, Jr. strongly believes that with his flourishing business, he possess the tools and knowledge to bring about change, most notably for the betterment of minorities in what has become an extremely competitive industry.

For what it’s worth and to his distinct credit, that minorities have very little presence in what surely is a booming and popular industry is what has fueled Chaffen, Jr.’s competitive drive to establish his own IT-oriented business, one he hopes will become a fixture throughout the Mid-South and surrounding areas — much sooner than later.

A native of Memphis, Chaffen, Jr., 32, is owner and chief executive officer of Embrytech, an up-and-coming information technology-based venture that offers, among other things, digital marketing and IT consulting services for a variety of industries.

A company that is a little more than eight months removed from its much-anticipated inception, Embrytech is making an array of pivotal strides, in large part because Chaffen, Jr. is armed with a wealth of experience as one of the Mid-South’s youngest and most energetic IT professionals.

MAN ON A MISSION — “My personal mission is to serve my clients with the spirit of excellence,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Every business owner deserves to know how technology can add to their bottom line, and Embrytech is the perfect company to explain this to them. My goal is to grow Embrytech into an information technology powerhouse that will be around for all future generations to come.”

“We’ve got the necessary tools and expertise to help you grow your business successfully,” said Chaffen, Jr., who boasts more than a decade of information technology experience along with having earned an Associate’s Degree in Computer Networking Systems from Memphis’ ITT-Tech. “We partner with our clients to develop engaging digital marketing strategies, design high quality and scalable solutions, and build rich brand experiences. All of that simply means our efforts translate into creating more customers for you and increasing your bottom line.”

And here’s the real kicker, Chaffen, Jr. is quick to point out.

“And the best part is that your business get to keep 100 percent of our efforts,” he said. “We work for you.”

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — A company that is a little more than eight removed from its inception, Embrytech is making an array of pivotal strides, in large part because Chaffen, Jr. is armed with a wealth of experience as one of the Mid-South youngest and most energetic IT professional.

In addition, Chaffen, Jr. strongly believes that with his flourishing business, he possesses the essential tools and knowledge to bring about some much-needed change, most notably for the betterment of minorities in what has become an extremely competitive industry.

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“Embrytech is working to change that,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “I am not looking to socially diversify or integrate with Silicon Valley, although we will welcome collaboration. I am looking to break the mold, obliterate the stereotypes, and create my own Silicon Valley right here in my home town of Memphis.”

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Chaffen, Jr. is so passionate about having a major impact through his chosen industry in the Mid-South and surrounding areas, look no further than the information technology talent this Memphis Mitchell High graduate has witnessed in the Bluff City in recent years.

“There are many bright IT minds right here in my own back yard,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Memphis is named America’s Aerotropolis, where runways, roads, rails, and the river merge.”

Not to mention a major establishment that houses a slew of Fortune 500 Companies, Chaffen, Jr. added.

“Memphis is home to FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper, Service Master, Mueller Industries, Fred’s Discount Store, and an assortment of transportation and logistics companies,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “I and my company, Embrytech, are not only willing to solve a client’s technical issues, but also willing to collaborate with other organizations to help turn Memphis into a technical powerhouse.”

With his unyielding passion and purpose, coupled with his solid body of work and experience as a veteran IT professional, it’s safe to assume that Chaffen, Jr. and Embrytech’s biggest and brightest days are well ahead of them.

“My personal mission is to serve my clients with the spirit of excellence,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Every business owner deserves to know how technology can add to their bottom line, and Embrytech is the perfect company to explain this to them. My goal is to grow Embrytech into an information technology powerhouse that will be around for all future generations to come.”

He’s not bragging, mind you.

He’s only keeping it real.

 

For more information about Memphis businessman Dwayne Chaffen, Jr., contact him at www.embrytech.com, at Facebook.com/embrytech, or follow him on Instagram @dchaffen.

 

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.

 

 

Nashville-area award-winning author Aaron Jordan, Jr. on his new book: ‘I want to go all out to reach that 10,000 goal’

MORE GOOD STUFF — Just like his remarkably compelling first edition, “A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes” (Extended Version/Second Edition) figures to leave Nashville-area award-winning author Aaron Jordan, Jr.’s reading audience on the edge of its seat, considering this longtime middle-Tennessee-based syndicated radio personality and television talk show host addresses an assortment of relationship-oriented topics that could greatly enhance or spice up relationships.

NASHVILLE — When Aaron Jordan, Jr. witnessed the much-anticipated release of his book, “The Power Within, A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes,” in July 2014, this Nashville-area award-winning author was the beneficiary of countless rave reviews.

So much, in fact, that it is safe assume that Jordan, Jr. is about to embark upon even more favorable feedback.

That’s because over the weekend, Jordan, Jr.’s “A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes” (Extended Version/Second Edition) officially hit the market and is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

Just like his remarkably compelling first edition, “A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes” (Extended Version/Second Edition) figures to leave Jordan, Jr.’s reading audience on the edge of its seat, considering this longtime middle-Tennessee-based syndicated radio personality and television talk show host addresses an assortment of key relationship-oriented topics that could greatly enhance or spice up one’s life.

“(God) pressed upon me to add more substance and meat,” Jordan, Jr. told Making Headline News.

To his credit, he has done just that, even going as far as to raise an assortment of thought-provoking questions, most notably: Have you ever wondered why your relationships and dating experiences make you feel like it’s hard for you to find love? And why do you constantly settle for less than what you deserve?

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All things considered, in “A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes” (Extended Version/Second Edition), Jordan, Jr. aids his audience mightily, particularly with regards to truly harnessing and understanding their value in what he appropriately describes as the dating world.

STANDING BY HER MAN — Jordan attributes much of his success to his wife, Ashley Jordan, and his daughter, Teanna.

In essence, his latest book inspires his readers to take themselves out of what he labels the “victimized viewpoint” to where they can be able to grasp a “good hard look” at themselves and their situation.

Jordan, Jr.’s new book, by all accounts, aspires to help readers come to grips with the hardest issue in the world to grasp which, according to him, is “ourselves.”

“We have the tendency to sabotage our own happiness, because of the triggers of our passed hurts,” Jordan, Jr. explained. “Whatever dominates your thoughts the most, that is what you will attract into your life.”

STAR WATCH — Jordan, Jr.’s has become a fixture when it comes to crossing paths with celebrities. Pictured with him is renowned gospel recording artist, Pastor Shirley Ceasar.

A native Memphian who is widely known as “Mr. Know Your Worth,” Jordan, Jr. also is a longtime motivational speaker, relationship expert and the mastermind behind three books to date.

By and large, his latest book appropriately breaks down the philosophy of dating into what he has coined as five steps we typically to skip when it comes to finding true love.

“You’ll learn what the Fourth Quarter Love is and how it breaks down the general order of how the dating process is when we are looking for a partner,” Jordan, Jr. said. “Once you have this book, truly internalizing the wisdom within will lead to a better and healthier you in dating, providing you with concepts, case studies, and analogies that can truly help you not only in your love life but in your personal development as well.”

And here’s the real kicker Jordan, Jr. deemed it essential to pass along to his reading audience.

“If you want to be taken serious in your love life, then you should take finding love seriously,” Jordan, Jr. said.

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As for the divine message for which he was inspired to produce “A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes” (Extended Version/Second Edition), Jordan, Jr. emphasized, among other things, that women are not to be defined by their sometimes turbulent past and men are to grasp the vital notion that they are predestined for leadership.

“Men we cannot expect to be looked upon as leaders in our relationship if our leadership is not in place,” Jordan, Jr. explained. “Men, we have to get back connected with our Creator that gives us enlightenment and direction to provide, protection, and cultivate the minds and inner beings of our relationship or in our dating experience.”

As expected, the feedback since the weekend online release of Jordan, Jr.’s book has been favorable which, of course, isn’t a huge surprise, considering his recent achievements and accolades were only signs of things to come.

NO BIG SURPRISE, REALLY — As expected, the feedback since the weekend online release of Jordan, Jr.’s book has been favorable which, of course, isn’t a huge surprise, considering his recent achievements and accolades were only signs of things to come.

In 2016, for instance, Jordan, Jr. was awarded the Indie Authors Legacy Author Award for Author of the Year in Personal Development, a feat that emerged largely from the unyielding support from countless individuals who were moved by the empowerment of the first edition.”

Because Jordan, Jr.’s first installment of “The Power Within, A Woman’s Worth: From Both Sexes” was a monumental success, he admittedly has adopted greater goals and ambitions for his new book.

“I want to go all out for the marketing of this book to reach that 10,000 goal (in books sold),” Jordan, Jr. said.

With a straight face.

 

AARON JORDAN, JR.’S RELATED STORIES: 

Native Memphian Aaron Jordan flourishing mightily as an award-winning author and radio personality

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

Andre Johnson is 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.

West Tennessee-area author Terisa Harris-Kimmins reminds women of their God-ordained worth through her newly-produced book

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

 

WELL WORTH IT — Jackson, Tennessee-area author and businesswoman Terisa Harris-Kimmins needed approxiamtely one month to write, “To Be Loved By You: No By Me,” a 78-page book that inspires women to connect with their God-given worth.

Terisa Harris-Kimmins knows full well.

She knows full well that she undoubtedly is fearfully and wonderfully made.

She knows full well that God has strategically set her aside for His use.

She knows full well that is it better to put her trust in the Lord than to put her confidence in man.

Most of all, she knows well that when all else fails, when people let her down, when her faith seems bleak and she seems to be on shaky ground, she has her Creator to Whom she can turn.

ON THE MARKET — A 78-page, paperback written document that was officially released to the public on April 14, Harris-Kimmins said that God had given her the vision to produce this book approximately two years ago, a concept that had initially arose during which God birth her ministry called WOA, or Women of Action.

“Nobody like God!” Harris-Kimmins, a Jackson, Tennessee native found herself saying repeating during an interview with Making Headline News this week. “For we are the masterpiece of our Father, handmade just the way He designed us to be.”

To her distinct credit, Harris-Kimmins has cast more light on such thought-provoking, spiritual analogies in her new book entitled, “To Be Loved By You: No By Me.”

A 78-page, paperback written document that was officially released on April 14, Harris-Kimmins said that God had given her the vision to produce this book approximately two years ago, a concept that had initially arose as founder of her women’s ministry called, WOA, or Women of Action. In addition, she is founder of the MerCi Empowerment Ministry (or MEM), which is a ministry she strives to encourage, motivate, and empower individuals to pursue their dreams.

IF GOD SAID IT, THAT SETTLES IT — As Harris-Kimmins suggest, her readers must not concern themselves with what other say about them. Rather, they must concern themselves with what God says about them through His word.

“It is a ministry that encourages young ladies and women to love and appreciate who God designed and purposed them to be,” Harris-Kimmins explained. “I have a passion to encourage, motivate, and empower young ladies and women. Also, I chose to write this book because I see so many young ladies and women struggling with their identity and they’re looking for love and affirmation from other people.”

All of which essentially sums up why this thriving, progressive author and West Tennessee-area businesswoman poses one intriguing question when providing details about her book, which can be purchased at Amazon.com.

ROUND OF APPLA– USE — As expected, the feedback throughout “To Be Loved By You: No By Me” has been favorable. “I have received very positive feedback from women as well as men about the book,” Harris-Kimmins said. “Alot of women have thanked me for reminding  them of who they are.”

That question is: Who am I?

To Harris-Kimmins’ credit, she eloquently ends the suspense surrounding such a pivotal inquiry in “To Be Loved By You: No By Me.”

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“I am the masterpiece of my Father, can’t you see,” Harris-Kimmins said in answering such a question. “Handmade just the way He wanted me to be. There’s nothing that I would change about myself because I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the eyes of my craftsman.”

And, as Harris-Kimmins suggest, her readers must not concern themselves with what others say about them. Rather, they must concern themselves with what God says about them through His word.

After all, God’s stamp of approval is what counts the most.

“You may not like what you see, but I love how the Master created me,” said Harris-Kimmins as she continued to explain the purpose for her new book. “You will never find another like me. I am unique. I am a designer’s original. I am who God called me to be. Sorry…no duplicates can be made from this mode. There’s only one and that’s me, the designer’s original that you see.”

Self-love, coupled with God’s approval and large doses of favor are extremely key as well, Harris-Kimmins acknowledges through her book.

“That’s why I love me,” she said. “As you read this book, think about who God made you to be and guess what? You, too, are a designer’s original just like me. Never allow anyone to tell you who you are unless it’s the Master who created and called you from a far.”

SHE SAID IT BEST — “The message I want to send to the audience is that no matter what, love and appreciate who God designed and called you to be,” Harris-Kimmins said. “It doesn’t matter what society says about you. What matter is what you say about yourself and how you see yourself through the eyes of your Creator, which is you fearfully and wonderfully made by Him.”

Well, that’ll preach. But wait, there’s more this devout woman of faith felt compelled to get across to her readers, particularly those who are in desperate need for some encouragement for such a time as now.

“The message I want to send to the audience is that no matter what, love and appreciate who God designed and called you to be,” Harris-Kimmins said. “It doesn’t matter what society says about you. What matter is what you say about yourself and how you see yourself through the eyes of your Creator, which is you’re fearfully and wonderfully made by Him.”

As expected, the feedback through “To Be Loved By You: No By Me” has been favorable.

“I have received very positive feedback from women as well as men about the book,” Harris-Kimmins said. “Alot of women have thanked me for reminding  them of who they are.”

Harris-Kimmins said now is the time to push and promote her book on a much larger platform as her schedule over the next few months is starting to fill up.

MARINATE ON THAT — And, as Harris-Kimmins suggest, her readers must not concern themselves with what other say about them. Rather, they must concern themselves with what God says about them through His word.

On September 9, she will be hosting her Third Annual WOA (Women of Action) Banquet at First Christian Church, located at 1347 Campbell Street in Jackson. Also, she will be on hand for the Millions Conference in Atlanta September 29-30.

By and large, both events will afford her the golden opportunity to promote her new book.

“This book is a part of the purpose for which God had created me, because I, too, once struggled to know who I was designed and called to be,” Harris-Kimmins said. “I can identify with young ladies and women looking for affirmation from relationships and even from people.”

Fortunately for her, she knows full well now.

That’s just like God.

 

For more information about Terisa Harris-Kimmins, to schedule her for booking engagements, or to order her book or T-shirts, log on to: www.terisakimmins.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.

Nashville-area author Raeshal Solomon battles through sickle cell, writes an unprecedented 23 children’s books in a three-year span

ISN’T SHE LOVELY? Nashville-area author Raeshal Solomon, a dynamically beautiful single mother of two four-year-old boys (one of whom she has legal custody) for years has had to endure being stricken by sickle cell. “My greatest challenge on this journey as a mother and author is my sickle cell,” Solomon told Making Headline News this week. “But Romans 8:28.”

NASHVILLE — Of the 23 children’s books Raeshal Solomon has written, three of them have been officially published and released.

That alone is a miracle.

Consider, for instance, how for years, Solomon, a dynamically beautiful single mother of two four-year-old boys — one of whom she has legal custody — has had to endure being stricken by sickle cell.

“My greatest challenge on this journey as a mother and author is my sickle cell,” Solomon told Making Headline News this week. “But Romans 8:28.”

For the record, Romans 8:28 reads: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

As Solomon explained, her featured project is Shop Shop Shop, primarily because there is a few pivotal life lessons in that book directed toward her sons.

Given the constant success Solomon has savored in recent years as an accomplished author, it is a foregone conclusion that she undoubtedly has been called and set aside for God’s purpose.

That’s because for a professional author who has become a fixture and found her niche in this ever-so-competitive industry, the past three years essentially have proven to be a defining moment, of sorts, for this native of Johns Island, South Carolina.

Solomon’s latest published book is entitled, Gale’s Day of Giving, which was released in 2016. Prior to that project, she wrote and released both Shop Shop Shop and Tim’s Red Rudy 2015, a feat that had ultimately come full circle after God had miraculously provided her with the vision for writing books some time in 2014.

DYNAMIC DUO — All things considered, Solomon is appreciative of the fact that not only has God given her a vision that has greatly changed her life but, most of all, she’s giddy her gifts through authorship is impacting the lives of youths. Starting with her faithful two.

“God gave me the books in 2014,” Solomon said.

To her credit, she has appropriately embraced this God-mandated assignment, in large part because, after all, she has been called according to His purpose.

As Solomon explained, her featured project is Shop Shop Shop, primarily because there are a few pivotal life lessons in that book directed toward her sons.

“I wanted to teach my boys to handle money better than I had handled it in my youth,” Solomon explained. “However, when I went to purchase books like my own, I was unable to find them. So I started creating them.”

YOU GO GIRL!!! Solomon’s latest published book is entitled, Gale’s Day of Giving, which was released in 2016. Prior to that project, she wrote and released both Shop Shop Shop and Tim’s Red Rudy 2015, a feat that came that had ultimately come full circle after God’s provided her with the vision for writing books some time in 2014.

The rest, as they say, was history.

Solomon has since been writing children’s books, a trend that — for a lack of better words — figures to change a generation.

Starting with her faithful two.

“They are children books and didn’t take very long to write them, because they were haunting my thoughts,” said Solomon, who is widely known as a motivational speaker and a financial teacher. “I wrote 18 books in a matter of three months. Every time I wrote one down, another one would pop in my mind.  After I had written them, it took me another eight months of learning to turn them into physical books.”

There is, by all accounts, a divine message Solomon is sending to her audience through her compelling books.

“I am telling my audience of children and parents that how you handle money matters,” Solomon explained. “Money affects every part of your life. You don’t need to love money, but you need to respect it. You respect money by handling it responsibly.”

All things considered, Solomon is appreciative of the fact that not only has God given her a vision that has greatly changed her life but, most of all, she’s giddy her gifts through authorship is impacting the lives of youths.

All things considered, Solomon is appreciative of the fact that not only has God given her a vision that has greatly changed her life but, most of all, she’s grateful in that her gifts through authorship are impacting the lives of youths.

Especially her faithful two.

“Everyone who reads my books loves them,” she said. “Even people who only have time to glance the pages and look at the illustrations love the books. I have been told many times how useful the content is. By reading the books in schools, I have had the opportunity first hand to see how much children love the books. But the best part for me is that they quickly learn the concepts in the books.”

Starting in mid-August, Solomon, who currently resides in Nashville, will start an 18-month nationwide elementary school book tour.

MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE — “My purpose is to go around the country and change family trees with financial literacy,” Solomon said. “My books are the tools that God gave me to do just that. The books are my testimonies in a way that children can understand.”

First up will be a tour in which she will read Shop Shop Shop to students. As for the remainder of the tour, she said dates and cities will be announced on her websites: www.mylittlebanker.com and www.raeshalsolomon.com.

In addition, Solomon, who is an active member of ABR Network and Chicks Connect, said her first book for teens will be released some time in 2018.

“My purpose is to go around the country and change family trees with financial literacy,” Solomon said. “My books are the tools that God gave me to do just that. The books are my testimonies in a way that children can understand.”

Something her faithful two knows firsthand.

 

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.

Memphis entrepreneur Libby Campo defies the greatest of educational odds before establishing a successful downtown business

CAMP-O YOGA — A 35-year-old mother of three, Libby Campo is well-established entrepreneur as owner and chief operating officer of Your Inner Yogi.

Libby Campo and her family have been residing in Memphis for approximately 12 years.

Not only has Campo, a proud product of the East Coast — she’s a native of Newark, New Jersey but was raised in nearby East Orange — become thoroughly familiar with life in the South but, to her credit, she’s making some pretty major moves in the process.

A 35-year-old mother of three, Campo is a well-established entrepreneur as owner and chief operating officer of Your Inner Yogi.

Located at 10 North Second Street across from the famous Court Square in the heart of downtown Memphis, Campo — with the solid support of her husband, Hector Campo — is believed to be the only minority yoga business owner in the Memphis metropolitan area.

MAKING MAJOR MOVES — As Libby Campo acknowledged, her regular yoga routine started out as a personal strategy before she was inspired to start up what she described as a 30-day trial on Facebook.

A business that officially opened for operations last year, Libby Campo, during an interview with Making Headline News this week, explained in great detail how she had become passionate about yoga — a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that were originated in ancient India — which consequently inspired her to organize a full fledge business.

“I became fond of yoga through meditation to help me find balance in my life,” Libby Campo said. “I was going to school, working full time, being a great wife and taking care of three kids.”

As Libby Campo acknowledged, her regular yoga routine started out as a personal strategy before she was inspired to start up what she described as a 30-day trial on Facebook.

A business that officially opened for operations in last year, Libby Campo, during an interview with Making Headline News this week, explained in great detail how she had become passionate about yoga — a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that were originated in ancient India — which consequently inspired her to organize a full fledge business.

All things considered, though, none of this likely would not have come to fruition if Libby Campo had not cleared arguably one of the greatest hurdles of her life.

That’s because nearly two decades ago, Libby Campo surprisingly dropped out of high school following her junior year because, as she forthrightly acknowledged, “I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing.”

Still clinging to hopes of getting a good education, Libby Campo — who would have been a fifth-year senior had she stayed in school, she said — chose to attend an Edison, New Jersey-area Job Corps.

Located at 10 North Second Street across from the famous Court Square in the heart of downtown Memphis, Campo — with the solid support of her husband, Hector Campo — is believed to be the only minority-owned yoga business in the Memphis metropolitan area.

That is when her life began to change for all the right reasons.

“I went to Job Corps to see if I’d like it and I ended up loving it,” Libby Campo said. “That was my first time being away from home and I stayed on campus and I met all different kinds of people from all walks of life. I just loved it.”

She loved it so much, in fact, that she earned her GED in 1998, or less than six months after enrolling in Job Corps, a program administered by the United States Department of Labor that offers free-of-charge education and vocational training to young men and women ages 16 to 24.

“It was a sense of accomplishment in that I can achieve anything,” Libby Campo said of having earned her diploma. “I got my diploma, but for a while, I was stuck working two jobs, making minimum wage. I wanted a college degree. I wanted to prove that I wasn’t just another statistic from the hood.”

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Just like she steadfastly embraced Jobs Corps, she essentially took it up a notch when she ultimately enrolled part-time at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Then in 2012, she enrolled at the University of Memphis, and that is when things became more remarkable for this brilliantly talented young lady who was raised in inner city East Orange.

“(My husband)  encouraged me to go to school, but I felt I wasn’t smart enough,” Libby Campo explained. “He kept me encouraged.”

And, as a result to the unyielding support of Hector, coupled with his wife’s past success at Job Corps, Libby Campo pulled the unthinkable. Once again.

Not only has Campo, a proud product of the East Coast — she’s a native of Newark, New Jersey but was raised in nearby East Orange — become thoroughly familiar with life in the South but, to her credit, she’s making the most of it.

She eventually earned her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership and Behavior Science in Spring 2014.

As she tells it, her desire to delve off into entrepreneurship was discovered back in Jersey.

Because of whom she is and because of where God had predestined to take her, she has only mastered entrepreneurship in mighty Memphis.

Talk about defying the toughest of odds.

MORE THAN A CONQUEROR — All things considered, though, none of this likely would not have come to fruition if Libby Campo had not overcome arguably one of the greatest challenges of her life. That’s because nearly three decades ago, Libby Campo surprisingly dropped out of high school following her junior year because, as she forthrightly acknowledged, “I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing.”

“The first thing that comes to mind is that I strive to lead by example for my children,” Libby Campo — whose newly-established business can hold up to 30 individuals — said of her past accomplishments that have led to her becoming a business owner. “My mom is my biggest inspiration. She never gave up on her kids. She always supported us and never gave up on us.”

And because of who she is and because of where God had predestined to take her, she thought it necessary to never to give up on education.

Look at her now, living out her long-awaited dream.

All because she was determined to never place hers by the wayside.

 

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 an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur” Angie Steele continuing her family’s remarkable tradition as a progressive Memphis businesswoman

LIVING HER LIFE LIKE IT’S GOLDEN — A self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur,” Memphis businesswoman Angie Steele has emerged as fixture and an inspirational force amongst Mid-South entrepreneurs in recent months, considering she has – for a lack of better words — a slew of irons in the fire.

DALLAS — Long before Karen Dickey passed away on Independence Day last year, she left three small, yet inspiring words with her daughter that have ultimately changed the overall landscape of her life.

“Go be great,” is what she always told me Dickey’s daughter Angie Steele told Making Headline News during a telephone interview from Memphis Thursday afternoon.

Much to the delight of her beloved mother, who died just moments after going into cardiac arrest, “great” is what Steele has steadfastly been.

VISION ACCOMPANIED BY GREATNESS — Fortunately for Steele, who grew up near the Westwood district of the Bluff City, she grasped the notion of what it means to become an influential individual through entrepreneurship long before she was old enough to land a job.

To her masterfully distinct credit, as a thriving Memphis-area businesswoman, Steele has been nothing short of remarkable.

A self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur,” Steele has emerged as a fixture and an inspirational force amongst Mid-South entrepreneurs in recent months, considering she has – for a lack of better words — a slew of irons in the fire.

For starters, this Memphis Westwood High alum is widely known for her immense talents as a longtime licensed cosmetologist, a career that spans more than 16 years. Currently, she accommodates clients at V’s Styling Studio, located at 3639 New Getwell Road, Suite 14 in Southeast Memphis.

In addition, Steele is a notable market specialist for her assortment of sponsors, in which she routinely stage to her Facebook timeline an assortment of informative, thought-provoking blogs and live footage.

As if that’s not enough to fill up her already congested itinerary, Steele has become a well-established T-shirt designer in recent months, assembling paraphernalia that bears several of her mother’s most memorable personal catchphrases as well her own personal slogans.

In between servicing clients, marketing, and upgrading her T-shirt designing brand, Steele coaches The Great Eagles recreational soccer team that is sanctioned by the DeSoto County (Mississippi) Soccer Association.

Like her grandfather, Steele’s grandmother contributed mightily to her granddaughter’s great entrepreneurship repertoire.

To her credit, even as a rookie youth soccer coach, she has proven that she boasts the smarts — and patience, mind you — to coach and inspire a group of tender four-and-five-year-old athletes, considering she guided her team to season-ending undefeated record.

Wait, there’s more.

All things considered, Steele is also widely known for assembling periodic food reviews for the popular “Your Memphis Menu” blog.

MORE OF ANGIE STEELE: https://www.facebook.com/yourmemphismenu/?hc_location=ufi.

So how to explain a jammed packed schedule for a progressive Mid-South-area businesswoman whom, given the immense strides she’s made in recent months, appears destined to — you know — add to prolific entrepreneurship tenure that is blanketed by greatness?

Long before Karen Dickey passed away on Independence Day last year, she left three inspiring words to her daughter that has ultimately changed the overall landscape of her life. “Go be great,” is what she always told me Dickey’s daughter Angie Steele told Making Headline News during a telephone interview from Memphis Thursday afternoon.

“Because I am my brother’s keeper,” said Steele when asked why it is imperative that she esteem others daily higher than herself. “I think it is up to us to build each other up, brick by brick.”

Fortunately for Steele, a native Memphian who grew up near the Westwood district of the Bluff City, she grasped the notion of what it means to become an influential individual through entrepreneurship long before she was old enough to land a job.

Steele comes from a family of hard workers and a few entrepreneurs, a trend that was spearheaded by her late grandfather, Herman Dickey.

In addition, Steele is a notable market specialist for her sponsor, in which she routinely stage to Facebook an assortment of informative, thought-provoking blogs and live footage.

A native of Corinth, Mississippi, Dickey was a notable, well-respected businessman and devoted family man in that he was known for breaking horses, as well as driving taxis and trucks and owning a local café.

Herman Dickey passed away in the 1970s.

Although Steele never met her grandfather, the stories she heard about him are ones that have greatly inspired her to — you’ve guess it — go and be great.

“For one, he liked family because had over 10 kids,” Steele said with a laugh. “And I was told he was a good family man and a hard worker. My grandmother, who was a Proverbs 31 woman, loved him.”

Weeks after the passing of her mother, Steele was the beneficiary of a monetary award for assembling what she described as a tribal jewelry design.

Like her grandfather, Steele’s grandmother contributed mightily to her granddaughter’s dazzling entrepreneurship repertoire.

“She did all kinds of stuff,” Steele said. “And because of that, I am a survivor. The whole family showed me that anything can be done. I mean, we stayed in Southwest Memphis, but we were never poor.”

For what it’s worth, Steele had only heighten her level of greatness through entrepreneurship after the recent passing of her mother, who was also responsible for instilling into her daughter business-oriented attributes.

HOLDING HER OWN — In a city that has, for years it seems, been hampered and crippled by a lethargic economic landscape, Steele has gone to great lengths to defy and conquer the greatest of odds — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“Me and mama had a cake decorating business on the weekend and we did great,” Steele said. “And when things got dark, she would say, ‘Be the light in dark places.”

In a city that has seemingly been hampered and crippled for years by a lethargic economic landscape, Steele has gone to great lengths to defy and conquer the greatest of odds — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

So much, in fact, that now she deems it necessary to give back and spread some of that greatness to others.

On Saturday, Steele will host her inaugural “Go Be Great Memphis Entrepreneur Conference” from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Makeda’s Cookies at 488 South Second Street.

SET ASIDE FOR GOD’S — USE — “Because I am my brother’s keeper,” said Steele when asked why it is imperative that she esteem others daily higher than herself. “I think it is up to us to build each other up, brick by brick.”

In assessing her tenure since vacating college nearly two decades ago despite being offered an academic scholarship, Steele doesn’t shy away from the notion that she undoubtedly is walking and basking in her divine purpose.

“I was about to start (college), but I became a small business owner,” Steele explained. “I co-owned a flower shop. They paid my car note, insurance, and I had a weekly salary. It was exactly where I wanted to be. I had the drive to be an entrepreneur.”

She’s since been nothing short of impressive.

Which, as she can greatly attest, is valid proof of what typically happens when your mom encourages you to, Go be great.”

 

For more information about Memphis entrepreneur Angie Steele, email her at: angie18ald@gmail.com

 

 

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