Tag Archives: The Daily Oklahoman

Lewisville High football standout Tahj Martin: ‘It is a dream for me to play college football’

LEWISVILLE, Texas — Tahj Martin is just a tender 15-year-old student athlete.

A great, big gigantic one, that is.

Consider, for instance, Martin’s massive frame that is comprised of his standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 261 pounds which, to his credit, is practically equivalent of an NFL lineup.


FRESHMAN SENSATION

UNDER THE RADAR — Assuming roles on both sides of the ball as a left tackle and defensive end for Lewisville coach Michael Odle’s squad, Tahj Martin enjoyed a significant amount of action this past season for the Farmers as his stock amongst college scouts and recruiters increased mightily in the process.

Speaking of the NFL, Martin doesn’t shy away from the notion that playing football on Sundays undoubtedly is amongst his major long-term ambitions.

But first thing’s first: blossoming as a rising prep footballer.

“I am a hard working athlete, who has come from very humble surroundings,” Martin told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “I am a magnet and people gravitate to me, because of my winning personality and attitude.”

A triumphant mentality certainly highlights Martin’s assortment of key attributes as a true freshman for Lewisville (Texas) High’s football team.

 

STOCK IS RISING — With so much high school football ahead of him, Martin has already garnered interests from Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.

Martin, in fact, is coming off of a productive and breakthrough season for an upstart Lewisville team that finished the 2018 campaign with a 9-3 mark, including an impressive 6-1 record in 6A Region I District 6, second only to conference rival Flower Mound.

Assuming roles on both sides of the ball as a left tackle and defensive end for coach Michael Odle’s squad, Martin enjoyed a significant amount of action for the Farmers as his stock amongst college scouts and recruiters increased mightily in the process.

No one, it seems, can attest to his notion more than his father, Geoffrey Grant Martin, who’s thoroughly convinced that his son is making a strong case that his prep football career will culminate with him signing a National Letter of Intent.

TEXAS-SIZED IMPACT — Martin is coming off of a productive and breakthrough season for an upstart Lewisville team that finished the 2018 campaign with a 9-3 mark, including an impressive 6-1 record in 6A Region I District 6, second only to conference rival Flower Mound.

“Tahj has grown tremendously both on the field and off,” Geoffrey Grant said. “He’s gained a level of confidence and passion for not only his role on the team, but for the entire team itself, all while maintaining his grades academically.”

All things considered, Martin’s favorable display as a true freshmen for the Farmers has, in fact, given way to a few college scouts deeming it essential to thrust him under their radar.

With so much high school football ahead of him, Martin has already garnered interests from Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — Martin’s massive frame that is comprised of his standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 261 pounds which, to his credit, is practically equivalent of an NFL lineup.

Given the immeasurable impact he’s had thus far in his prep career, expect that list to expand much sooner than later.

“It is a dream for me (to play college football), because I am made and built for the sport of football,” Martin said. “I know that all the years I have been playing will pay off and a college scholarship would be the ultimate satisfaction of all.”

Although he did not attend any camps this past summer because of unforeseen circumstances, Martin was especially active, particularly as it relates to conditioning regularly and monitoring his weight.

“(I would typically workout) Monday and Wednesday mornings and in the afternoons, (and would take part in) cardio training on Saturdays and Sundays,” Martin said. “I also work on healthy eating habits that include making smoothies and protein snacks to build a strong muscle mass.”

DON’T LEAVE ME HANGING — A triumphant mentality certainly highlights Martin’s assortment of key attributes as a true freshman for Lewisville High’s football team.

Despite his overall body of work on and off the field, coupled with the impressive resume he’s established to this point, Martin also doesn’t shy away from the notion that no one has to persuade him not to hit the cruise control button at this point.

Not with so much prep football ahead of him.


“I performed exceptionally well (during the 2018 season), but I still have more work to do. I’ve got to work more on dropping into coverage. I have to work on that. My speed needs to improve, but with growth, I know I will get faster.” — Lewisville freshman Tahj Martin


WAITING HIS TURN — All things considered, Martin’s favorable display a true underclassmen for the Farmers has, in fact, given way to a few college scouts deeming it essential to thrust him under their radar.

A pretty wise and thorough assessment, this coming from a tender 15-year-old student athlete.

A great, big gigantic one, that is.

One whose short list of interested colleges undoubtedly is expected to expand much sooner than later.

So stay tuned.


For more information about Lewisville (Texas) High School football standout Tahj Gabriel Martin, connect with him via social media at:

Instagram: @tahjmartin12

Snaphat: tmahal_878

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tahj.martin.1

Twitter: @martin2Tahj


CONNECT WITH THIS AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST FOR MEDIA EXPOSURE

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

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.

 

Oklahoma City author Shanell Monique displays agape love through her “Broken Silence” book

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 NIV)


Shanell Monique’s doesn’t shy away from the notion that her life is a story.

A memorable, tear-jerking, festive, life-enhancing story, all wrapped up in one.

So much so that this Oklahoma City-based businesswoman-turned-author deemed it essential to compose an empowering book that highlights, among other things, an assortment of her life’s awe-inspiring developments.

ALL IN GOD’S TIMING — Acknowledging, among other things, that she was “tired of being ashamed of things I had no control over,” Shanell Monique had eventually became the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Broken Silence,” a December 2017 released project that is dedicated to those who are ready to set their souls free.

“You know I always said I will write a book about my life, because my life is a story,” Shanell Monique told Making Headline News this week. “It wasn’t until I went through my divorce when God really put it on my heart to finish my story. I went through a depressing (state) and knew it was time to release everything.”

Displaying arguably no signs of spiritual rust amid her marital dissolution, Shanell Monique didn’t just release everything for the sake of releasing everything. Rather, she released everything, in large part because God essentially was changing her for Hid glory.

Acknowledging, among other things, that she was “tired of being ashamed of things I had no control over,” Shanell Monique had eventually became the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Broken Silence,” a December 2017 released project that is dedicated to those who are ready to set their souls free.


PURCHASE SHANELL MONIQUE’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Silence-Shanell-Monique-ebook/dp/B077X6YSVQ

“I wanted other women to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Shanell Monique, further explaining in great detail her purpose for assembling ‘Broken Silence.’ “My slogan is: When you turn pain into power, they hate that. I use my pain to motivate me.”

A book that is comprised of 67 pages in length, Shanell Monique’s “Broken Silence” depicts the life of a young girl named  Daitrell whom, according to the writer, refuse to get hurt again and vows to take care of herself from here on out.

“My strength was merely superficial underneath a beautiful shell that appeared confident, well put together, and secure, but a different person ruled my life,” Shanell Monique acknowledges in a thorough breakdown at Amazon.com. “On the inside, I was broken. Could you be broken too? Are you hiding behind your looks and strength to mask feelings of insecurity, because of betrayals? Have you told yourself you will never trust anyone completely? Only you know deep inside if the answer to any of these question could be yes.”

WE ARE FAMILY — Displaying arguably no signs of spiritual rust amid her marital dissolution, Shanell Monique didn’t just release everything for the sake of releasing everything. Rather, she released everything, in large part because God essentially was changing her for Hid glory.

A book she needed somewhere in the neighborhood of just nine months to write, Shanell Monique’s “Broken Silence” also recalls how healthy relationships and emotions play an integral part in our overall health.

“Most of the time, emotional conditions of the heart are overlooked,” said Shanell Monique, pinpointing the divine message she’s sending to her audience through her book. “These are the conditions that hinder us from experiencing the most precious gift of all — love. Our hearts are so shielded from past hurts, we are incapable of letting love in or out. It is time to put down our shields and love each other the way God intended.”

Besides “Broken Silence,” Shanell Monique also authored the “Love & Confidence Journal, which was published in April 2018.

Much to her delight, she’s been the beneficiary of an array of favorable feedback since the release of her latest project.

CHECK THIS OUT — A book that is comprised of 67 pages in length, Shanell Monique’s “Broken Silence” depicts the life of a young girl named  Daitrell whom, according to the writer, refuse to get hurt again and vows to take care of herself from here on out.

“I would say that I have gotten great feedback,” said Shanell Monique, a Kindergarten instructor for Oklahoma City Public Schools. I do have a great support. (I strive) to be a voice for those who are scared and ashamed to speak out…to encourage others so they know that suicide is not the answer.”

For what’s it worth, Shanell Monique emphasized, among other things, that what it all boils down to is one’s ability to turn lessons into blessings.

“The hardest thing is to forgive a person who’s not sorry,” said Shanell Monique, following up such wholesome wisdom with the familiar Biblical passages that are 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8. “All goals require you to stay focused and ignore what everyone else is doing. You are a woman who shines despite how dark it is. In fact, that is when you shine even brighter.”


MORE ON SHANELL MONIQUE: https://shanellmoniqu3.com/

YOU GO GIRL!!! Much to her delight, Shanell Monique been the beneficiary of an array of favorable feedback since the release of her latest project.

“It’s time to truly understand your worth. Despite your circumstances there is so much more for you. You may want to know why it’s not working out or what you can do to get it back on track, but to get there you must truly understand who you are in your situation and if the person you are now is the person you want to be and deserves the pain you once allowed. “It’s time to move forward, let go and heal,” Shanell Monique continued. “Once you truly understand that better is waiting for you, (you’ll) stop giving the past its pass to continue to enter and leave your life when it feels like it. You will immediately start to see life is better and feel hopeful again. It’s your time to expect God to introduce you to more.”

Shanell Monique would know.

That’s just what she did — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

For more information Oklahoma City Author Shanell Monique, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing, or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/shanell.monique.3. Also, send email to: brokensilence112017@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.

Oklahoma City author Tohnyonah Jackson’s bend-but-don’t-break faith gives way to a life-changing book

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


All jokes aside.

Tohnyonah Jackson is a little more than two years removed from having witnessed the much-anticipated release of her very first book.

BEND BUT DON’T BREAK FAITH STEPPER — And so it came to pass on May 31, 2016 that Tohnyonah Jackson, a native of Oklahoma City, had officially made her authorship debut with release of her spiritually gut-checking written document entitled, “Bending But Not Breaking.”

And boy, it’s surely one that is steadily advancing the kingdom for such a time as now.

“I used to tell my friends I was going to write a book, but it was in a joking way,” Jackson told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “It didn’t manifest until after my grandfather on my dad’s side of the family passed away in August of 2013, a few days after my first grandchild was born.”

For Jackson, it also was a seemingly dark, turbulent season of her life, during which God had deemed it essential to place her faith on trial unlike never before.

“I battled with God, because that’s not what I wanted to do. I was trying to get into nursing school…test after test, fail after fail. I didn’t understand why I was not passing the tests, missing by 1 to 5 points. Later I realized I wasn’t being obedient and had to write.” — Author Tohnyonah Jackson 


And the rest, as they say, was history.

And so it came to pass on May 31, 2016 that Jackson, a native of Oklahoma City, had officially made her authorship debut with release of her spiritually gut-checking written document entitled, “Bending But Not Breaking,” a 62-page, self-published project that depicts the life of a young girl who wanted to be loved by her family, but according to the writer who’s widely known as “Author Tohnyonah,” she wound up discovering that love in her family came disguised in abuse, alcohol, drugs, staying in the homes of several family members.


PURCHASE AUTHOR THONYONAH’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Bending-But-Breaking-Tohnyonah-Jackson/dp/1498457878#customerReviews

A MUST READ — A 62-page, self-published project that depicts the life of a young girl who wanted to be loved by her family, but according to the writer who’s widely known as “Author Tohnyonah,” she wound up discovering that love in her family came disguised in abuse, alcohol, drugs, staying in the homes of several family members.

As if those personal encounters weren’t enough to rattle and disrupt the life of this young girl, Tohnyonah recalled having been molested as a child, a development that had ultimately led to her being adopted by another family, which unfortunately had given way to her further being molested and abused.

But God…

However, despite her assortment of struggles and turbulence, Author Tohnyonah steadfastly clung to unwavering faith, believing that God had a strategic plan for her life from the outset, a plan to prosper and not harm her, a plan that would ultimately blossom into a life-changing testimony for the ages, a plan that would catapult her to the purpose for which God created her.

“In this book, (Author Tohnyonah) sees that God’s loving provision doesn’t give more than one can handle,” said a spokesperson for Jackson’s book in a detail breakdown at Amazon.com.

THE ROMANS 8:18 FACTOR — Even upon the sudden deaths of her beloved mother and close aunt, Jackson sensed that she had to carry out of her God-mandated assignment to compose her book.

For Jackson, her quest to assemble her first book came courtesy of her abstaining from leaning unto her own understanding and seeking and consulting God for a sense of direction.

“I didn’t know what to write until I asked and the Holy Spirit, Who said, ‘The beginning,’” Jackson explained. “And so I did.”

Even upon the sudden deaths of her beloved mother and close aunt, Jackson sensed that she had to carry out of her God-mandated assignment to compose her book.

“I didn’t understand why (they passed away), because I was being obedient (to God),” Jackson said. So from August 2013 through May 2016, through all the losses, my book was released the day before my birthday, May 31, 2016.”

SHE’S STILL STANDING — Despite her assortment of struggles and turbulence, Author Tohnyonah steadfastly clung to unwavering faith, believing that God had a strategic plan for her life from the outset, a plan to prosper and not harm her, a plan that would ultimately blossom into a life-changing testimony for the ages, a plan that would catapult her to the purpose for which God created her.

Much to Jackson’s delight, it is a book that has garnered a slew of rave reviews.

“The message is you do not have to live in your past. Whatever God has taken you through, there is a purpose, so trust the process,” Jackson said. “While writing there were a lot of obstacles that fell in the way to discourage me, but as I wrote, chains were being broken. I was being released from the bondage of hurt, guilt, depression that I didn’t realize I was depressed.”

That’s not all to which Jackson had come to grips amid her season in the wilderness.

“(I learned to embrace) self-love and, most of all, I was gaining more love for God,” Jackson said. “I realize God created me for a special purpose starting with my name (she’s now chuckling). I live by I am fearfully marvelously made.”

All of which sums up why 2019, like 2016, figures to be a season of even more manifested blessings for this brilliantly gifted writer.


PURCHASE AUTHOR THONYONAH’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Bending-But-Breaking-Tohnyonah-Jackson/dp/1498457878#customerReviews

DOING IT GOD’S WAY — For Jackson, her quest to assemble her first book came courtesy of her abstaining from leaning unto her own understanding and seeking and consulting God for a sense of direction.

“I haven’t had any speaking engagements, but my vision for 2019 is to start going to speak in different cities to young teenage mothers, young girls in foster care, and young women and girls that have been sexually (abused) and feel like they can’t love,” Jackson said.

What a difference obeying the Voice of God has made.

All jokes aside.


For more information about Oklahoma City-based Author Tohnyonah Jackson, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/author.tohnyonah.5. Also, send email to: tohnyonahjackson@yahoo.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 Annie Ezell’s empowering book helping others ‘see their potential through pain’


MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES LADY ANNIE EZELL  


Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV)


DALLAS — Long before Annie Ezell became the First Lady of Latter Rain Church of God In Christ in nearby Sherman, Texas, God had strategically introduced her to an awe-inspiring vision, one that essentially unfolded nearly four decades ago.

“The vision of me becoming an author started to form when I was in my 20’s,” Ezell told Making Headline News this week. “It was difficult to take the first step or know where to begin, but I knew it was a long-term goal.”

Indeed it was.

And so it came to pass sometime in 2012 that Ezell began to diligently work her vision as a newcomer to this ever-so-popular world of authorship, a trend that was culminated approximately two years later when she witnessed her compelling finished project that is entitled, “Making Decisions Is Not Always Easy: A Memoir Of Unspoken Words.”

GOD’S LEADING FIRST LADY — And so it came to pass sometime in 2012 that Sherman, Texas author Annie Ezell began to diligently work her vision as a newcomer to ever-so-popular world of authorship, a trend that was culminated approximately two years when she witnessed her finished project that is entitled, “Making Decisions Is Not Always Easy: A Memoir Of Unspoken Words.”

A spiritually-enhancing written document that is comprised of 72 pages in length, Ezell’s “Making Decisions Is Not Always Easy: A Memoir Of Unspoken Words” was officially released in March 2014 and, much to her delight, has become a fixture throughout the Body of Christ.

“This memoir is a reminder that better days are ahead if you make the right decisions,” said a spokesperson for Ezell’s book in a detailed breakdown of her work at Amazon.com. “For Annie Ezell, making the right decisions only came through patience, prayer, and learning from her experiences. Life events from a young child into adulthood have conditioned her to help guide others through difficult decisions.

PURCHASE LADY ANNIE EZELL’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Decisions-Not-Always-Easy/dp/1483406970

MASSIVE KINGDOM IMPACT — A spiritually-enhancing written document is comprised of 72 pages in length, Ezell’s “Making Decisions Is Not Always Easy: A Memoir Of Unspoken Words” was officially released in March 2014 and has become a fixture throughout the Body of Christ.

“Her wisdom comes from spiritual guidance and obedience to her calling to encourage others to not give up when they are faced with a difficult situation. Her appearance doesn’t tell the story: Open the cover to discover the truth about her life.”

As Ezell, 60, eloquently explained, she had always sensed that she would eventually find her way to the ideal platform to share of her assortment of testimonies, as God’s manual encourages us, according to Psalm 105:1.

Now that it all has come to pass, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that, well, He was there all the time (as the classic gospel song goes).

“I always wanted to tell my story, but I had some reserve, because of the layers of pain it would evoke,” Ezell, a native of Haworth, Oklahoma, said. “This particular publication came later after the experience of losing my mother. I wanted others to understand that when they are faced with difficult decisions, there is a system to defeating self-doubt and pain.”

Interestingly, Ezell will be afforded the golden opportunity to promote her book and share of her testimonies as the keynote speaker on October 13 during a Women’s Conference.

Accompanied by the theme, “Forgiven But Not Healed (Matthew 6:14-15),” this assembly will take place at the United Way Building, located at 713 East Brockett Street in Sherman, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST.

As for ways in which her book is synonymous to the purpose for which God created her, Ezell emphasized, among other things, that her reading audience should look no further than her solid, relentless faith walk.

CONNECT WITH LATTER RAIN COGIC: https://www.facebook.com/latterraincogic/

GOD’S MYSTICAL UNION — A product of the Church of God In Christ under the leadership of Superintendent F. T. Pratt Sr. Which — “He taught me the value of a Christian life,” Ezell said — Ezell and husband, Pastor James Ezell (the couple will be celebrating 40 years of marriage on December 31) had ultimately raised their children under similar Christian standards, teaching them morals, empathy, respect, and workmanship, among other things.

“This book is a part of my purpose by allowing me to testify and be a witness of faith, obedience, and victory. It became my platform for speaking to women of all status. It also built my confidence that led me to develop the Forgiven But Not Healed as a Women’s Ministry.” — Lady Annie Ezell 


Widely known as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and counselor, Ezell founded her Forgiven But Not Healed ministry two years ago. Initially, it started as a small women’s ministry that was centered mostly on Q&A sessions.

“We (would) gather and have open discussion about salvation and forgiveness on a monthly basis, helping women through their pained experiences and quest to forgiveness,” Ezell said her ministry, which has evolved into more of a spiritual movement, of sorts. “This year will be the first conference inviting attendees from the sessions and is open to the public.”

A product of the historic Church of God In Christ under the leadership of Superintendent F. T. Pratt Sr. Which — “He taught me the value of a Christian life,” Ezell said — Ezell and husband, Pastor James Ezell (the couple will be celebrating 40 years of marriage on December 31) had ultimately raised their children under similar Christian standards, teaching them morals, empathy, respect, and workmanship, among other things.

Prior to their appointment as spiritual leaders, Latter Rain was guided by Elder Clevester and Gladys Johnson

“The support from my husband, children, and spiritual leaders has pushed me to be a virtuous woman, having faith and praying fervently for my family,” Lady Ezell said.

The feedback that has been generated since her book’s release has been favorable.

PURCHASE LADY ANNIE EZELL’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Decisions-Not-Always-Easy/dp/1483406970

DESTINY STEPS — Widely known as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and counselor, Ezell founded her Forgiven But Not Healed ministry two year ago. Initially, it started as a small women’s ministry that was centered mostly on Q&A sessions.

“My audience has found this book to be a comforting reference during hard times,” Lady Ezell said. “Men and women comment on their similar experiences and positive encouragement as they are faced with difficult times. It has given hope and spiritual uplift for many.

“I’m inspired to continue writing for women audiences and helping them see their potential through the pain,” conditioned Lady Ezell, a mother of four and grandmother of four who has announced that other books are presently in the works. “I’ve prayed for wisdom and God has shaped my heart and mind to be accepting of others and have the patience to meet them where they are in their journey with Christ.”

Just as out Savior has encouraged us to. 

For more information about Sherman, Texas-based Author Annie Ezell, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: Annie Ezell. Also, send email to: info@ezelllegacygroup.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.

SALUTE TO MOTHER’S DAY: Tulsa-area Pastor Barbara Vincent recognized for her ‘footsteps of grace and virtue’ by her daughter

WELL DESERVED FLOWERS — Tiffany Donald, just as she’s done for as long as she can recall, on Saturday afternoon paid homage to her beloved mother, Pastor Barbara Vincent, in beautifully alluring fashion, thus providing her life’s featured individual with flowers, of sorts, while she yet has breath in her body.

For Tiffany Donald, a typical Saturday afternoon is one that mostly involves her engaging in what she describes as “multitasking.”

This weekend is no exception.

Still, despite all of the things and activities about which Donald was engrossed, she made certain to do the one very thing that topped her list.

“I just had it delivered to her in case she decides to wear it tomorrow,” Donald told Making Headline News in its annual Salute To Mother’s Day Tributes. “It’s a suit. Oh my God! She hollered and said, ‘It’s beautiful!’”

And just like that, Donald — just as she’s done for as long as she can recall — paid homage to her beloved mother, Pastor Barbara Vincent, in beautifully alluring fashion, thus providing her life’s featured individual with flowers, of sorts, while she yet has breath in her body.

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, which means it is only befitting that Donald’s weekend multitasking would involve pausing periodically to celebrate her mother.

“My mother is an extraordinary woman of faith, elegance, and virtue,” Donald said. “She exemplifies a real woman. She is a woman of grace, love, and acceptance for all who come in contact with her. This woman is a phenomenal cook, homemaker, and a compassionate leader.”

To her distinct credit, Vincent — the mother of five biological children and an adopted son — has been the spiritual glue, of sorts, that has kept the historic Fellowship Church strongly connected as a positive beacon of light in the Tulsa, Oklahoma community.

To her distinct credit, Vincent — the mother of five biological children and an adopted son — has been the spiritual glue, of sorts, that has kept the historic Fellowship Church strongly connected as a positive beacon of light in the Tulsa, Oklahoma community.

Located at 570 North Denver Avenue, Fellowship Church was founded by Vincent’s husband, Bishop John Vincent, who died in May 2013.

A mother of five, Donald, along with her children and a few of siblings are very much active in helping her mother continue her husband’s rich legacy, particularly as it pertains to advancing the kingdom through the longstanding ministry he founded.

Donald’s oldest sibling, Terry Vincent, is the Senior Pastor of Restoration Of Faith Fellowship Church in Arlington, Texas. Her second oldest brother, Keith Vincent, is the Senior Pastor of Greater Compassion Ministries in Nashville.

“The most impacting thing she’s done for me is allowing me time become the woman God has ordained me to be through her example of example,” said Donald, who’s also an accomplished author as the mastermind behind the book, “Provoked To Purpose,” her debut book that is designed to inspire and empower a downtrodden, oppressed people to never neglect the purpose for which God created them.

IN HER OWN WORDS TO MOM — “The most impacting thing she’s done for me is allowing me time become the woman God has ordained me to be through her example of example,” said Donald, who’s also an accomplished author as the mastermind behind the book, “Provoked To Purpose,” her debut book that is designed to inspire and empower a downtrodden, oppressed people to never neglect the purpose for which God created them.

All of which practically sums up why this time of year undoubtedly is a special one for Donald whom, given how congested her itinerary was on Saturday, is no stranger to multitasking.

Only this time around, her laundry list of things was highlighted by shipping her mother’s gift so that it would arrive to her address in time for Mother’s Day.

Given her mother’s cheerful reaction, it’s safe to assume it is a gift she’s destined to put to good use, probably much sooner than later.

“I carry her legacy by walking in her footsteps of grace and virtue,” Donald said. “I’m training my children as she trained my siblings and me to love God and others genuinely.

“Thanks, mom, for being strong, courageous and tenacious for Christ and your family. We love you,” Donald added.

All while engaging in her customary Saturday afternoon multitasking.

 

A RELATED STORY: https://makingheadlinenews.com/2017/01/26/oklahoma-based-author-tiffany-donalds-provoked-to-purpose-empowering-the-masses-not-to-terminate-their-destiny/.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Whether they are living or deceased, if you would like to pay homage to your mother, grandmother, wife, girlfriend, etc., with a unique Salute To Mother’s Day tribute that will feature a story like the one above with multiple photos, 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.

 

Dallas/Fort Worth-area Pastor Terry Vincent aiming to restore marriages, life’s obstacles through his inspiring debut book

DALLAS — Shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Terry Vincent pulled up to Starbucks Coffee Shop off of Texas Interstate 183, just minutes from Downtown Dallas.

Once inside, Vincent wasted little time counting his blessings, recalling, among other things, how God had strategically restored his marriage a little more than a decade ago.

COUPLE OF FOREVERSDuring his separation to his spouse, Dallas/Fort Worth-area Pastor Terry Vincent was purposed to write a book entitled, “Taking The Dys Out Of Dysfunction,” a published document that depicts the tumultuous events and downtrodden experiences that led to a short, but painful hiatus from his wife as well an intimate spiritual encounter with God that gave way to an eventual marriage reconciliation.

“In my own marriage, I discovered that we had gone through difficult times trying to learn each other, ” Vincent, during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News, said as he explained in great details the turbulent events surrounding his marriage to Wanda Vincent, his wife of nearly 25 years. “I’ve learned through my own marriage that some things aren’t learned in the classroom but rather in the field.”

It was, by all accounts, because of Terry Vincent’s subsequent separation from his wife that ultimately served as what he labeled a defining moment, of sorts, a notable development that greatly fueled his desire to process what had become a marriage on the rocks, a turn of events that gave way to much heartache and misery and despair, a tear-jerking, gut-checking encounter that inspired him mightily to get his act together.

TRIO OF LOVE — Vincent pictured with his three children: Jeremy, Edwin, and Mariah.

“During that time, I was able to hear God more,” Terry Vincent said.

So much, in fact, that Vincent, 48, the Founder and Senior Pastor of Restoration Of Faith Fellowship Church in nearby Arlington, Texas had assumed another God-mandated assignment, one that, fortunately for him, altered the overall landscape of his life.

RESTORING THE LOVE GOD’S WAY — A pastor since April 2004 when he founded his Texas-based church, Vincent said it wasn’t until made proper investments — and adjustments — that God ultimately opened the door to renewed sensed of love and enthusiasm and unity for he and his wife.
“I was lonely without my wife,” Vincent said.

During his separation to his spouse, Vincent was purposed to write a book entitled, “Taking The Dys Out Of Dysfunction,” a published document that depicts the tumultuous events and downtrodden experiences that led to a short, but painful hiatus from his wife as well as an intimate spiritual encounter with God, one that suddenly gave way to an eventual marriage reconciliation.

“It spoke volumes to me, because I knew God had to speak to me in order for me to humble myself,” Vincent, a Kalamazoo, Michigan native said, explaining his vision for his book, which will be released in the coming months, but at a date that has yet to be announced.

PARENTAL EFFECT — Vincent said his parents (Bishop John and Barbara Vincent) who were married for 46 years prior to his father’s death in May 2013, were amongst those who inspired him to write his first book.

In recalling the chaos that led to the separation from his wife, Vincent admittedly struggled with anger issues, a trend that though it caused an array of hardships and isolation in his marriage, he couldn’t pinpoint exactly from where it arose.

“When I say unexplained (anger), I don’t know where it came from,” Vincent said. “You didn’t see it growing up. I mean, you just didn’t see it. I said things that were inflammatory.”

Offensive to the point where this son of a renowned Tulsa, Oklahoma-area preacher found himself having to attend anger management classes.

Heck, he had no other choice, really.

It was either he control his anger or risk losing Wanda.

Possibly forever.

That’s when Vincent — sitting on the edge of his chair in that North Dallas coffee shop — specifically acknowledged having witnessed arguably the biggest wakeup call of his young life.

“I had to go to anger management classes to see what was the deal with me,” Vincent explained. “Anger is a spirit. And if you subject yourself to certain spirits, it’ll open up others.”

Conversely, there are two other vital areas to which Vincent alludes in his book: “Unresolved Issues” and the common feeling in which couples simply “Just Don’t Know.”

“And that goes back to the investment part,” he said. “It’s not so much that our parents didn’t demonstrate (unity and love). “But we have to find out what works for us. We have to make investments. We make investments in our health. We make investments in our automobiles. We make investments in shopping. But we never make investments in our marriage. Couples tend to put up their walls. And when they do that, that’s when fear sets in.”

A pastor since April 2004 when he founded his Texas-based church after having spent a majority of life in Tulsa, Vincent said it wasn’t until he made proper investments — and adjustments — that God ultimately opened the door to a renewed sense of love and enthusiasm and unity for he and his wife.

“I was lonely without my wife,” Vincent said.

As it turned out, Wanda was lonely without him. That’s when things began to shift in a positive direction — with God, their Helper, leading the way.

“God told me to contact her,” said Vincent, who sensed at the time that his separation to his wife and the mother of his three children was nearing a ceremonious end. “This time, God gave me how to say and what to say. And when I followed His direction, the response I got shocked me. The conversations that were once combative and perplexing were peaceful.”

TEXAS SIZE SUCCESS — As far as Vincent — who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies from Dallas Baptist University — is concerned, although he and wife reconciled, he sensed it was a foregone conclusion that he move forward with his book.
After all, he’d be the first to admit that is he and Wanda can weather arguably the toughest of adversities then, surely, they can empower and educate others to follow suit.

As far as Vincent — who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies from Dallas Baptist University — is concerned, although he and his wife reconciled their marriage, he sensed it was a foregone conclusion that he move forward with his book.

After all, he’d be the first to admit that if he and Wanda can weather arguably the toughest of adversities then, surely, they can empower and educate other couples to follow suit.

“Buy it,” said Vincent, issuing an appeal to his audience to commit to purchasing his book. “Buy it right now. It’s going to bless you.”

Chances are, buyers of “Taking The Dys Out Of Dysfunction” will thoroughly embrace his seemingly unyielding transparency, a trend that could very well enable them to do way with the dreaded “Dys.”

 

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.

 

Oklahoma-based author Tiffany Donald’s “Provoked To Purpose” empowering the masses ‘not to terminate their destiny’

“Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (Mark 11:24)

 

TULSA, Oklahoma — Clearly, there is a valid reason why the above passage is one by which Tiffany Donald has adopted as her favorite.

Come to think of it, there are a variety of reasons why such a familiar Biblical verse is prevalent to her daily living.

Take, for instance, how some 11 years ago, when Donald — who was married at the time — had bolted her native establishment of Tulsa, Oklahoma and relocated to Michigan and Indiana during which her estranged husband suggested that they separate. Consequently, she relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

DESTINY STEPS — Today, unlike never before, the tumultuous events that transpired a little more than a decade ago evidently have blossomed into a dramatic comeback for the ages for Tulsa, Oklahoma-area author Tiffany Donald, a rising author whom God anointed to compose “Provoked to Purpose,” her debut book that’s designed to inspire and empower a downtrodden, oppressed people to never neglect the purpose for which God created them.

Hampered by a slew of unfavorable circumstances that had ultimately given way to a broken marriage, Donald, a mother of five, recalled the days during which she was left to do what a devoted woman of faith was taught — press and navigate and persevere through life’s greatest of adversities.

Consequently, the destruction of her marriage eventually gave way to her having to uproot in Texas and move back to nearby Tulsa.

Surely, while her faith appeared bleak and she seemed on shaky ground, it was the solid, unyielding support of her family that greatly fueled her desire to, you know, say whatsoever she desired.

And so it came to pass what apparently was a rather thorough, redefining chapter in the life of a preacher’s kid whom, to her credit, managed to put her tumultuous encounters where they belong.

Behind her.

THE FAB FIVEHampered by a slew of unfavorable circumstances that had ultimately given way to a broken marriage, Donald, a mother of five, recalled the days by which she was left to do what a devoted woman of faith was taught — press and navigate and persevere through life’s greatest of adversities. And so it came to pass what was apparently a rather thorough, redefining chapter in the life of a preacher’s kid whom, to her credit, managed to put her tumultuous encounters where they belong.
Behind her.

Today, unlike never before, what transpired a little more than a decade ago evidently has blossomed into a dramatic comeback for the ages for Donald, a Tulsa Central High School alum and rising author whom God anointed to compose “Provoked To Purpose,” her debut book that’s designed to inspire and empower a downtrodden, oppressed people to never neglect the purpose for which God created them.

A book in which she acquired the endorsements of her father, the late John Vincent, and her mother, Evangelist Barbara Vincent, and a host of family members and well-wishers, Donald has already fielded three speaking engagements, and the possibility exists that she will be offered more.

In essence, Donald’s book, as she explained this week during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News, is a real-life story designed to reach the hurting, abused, neglected and the rejected men and women of our society.

“Many obstacles occur and are inevitable, but if one keeps pushing into purpose they will not terminate their destiny,” said Donald, sounding as confident and assertive as she’s been in quite some time.

According to Donald, God had given her the vision to write her book months after it was apparent that her marriage was headed for divorce.

WE ARE FAMILYFortunately for Donald, the daughter of the late Bishop John Vincent, a renowned Tulsa-area pastor who died in May 2013, several individuals with whom she’s established close ties have inquired about her book, which is available for presale.

Approximately 10 years later, she began composing her book, but not before arguably the grandest turning point occurred right before her very eyes.

Her son, Princeton Donald, a freshman at Oral Roberts University, was responsible for coming up with the title for the book — another chapter, of sorts, to a life of an up-and-coming author whom, because of the divine calling on her life, has been infused with the light of the Holy Spirit to share her story in such a way that it will draw others to Christ.

Besides, in case you forgot, this is a story about being provoked to purpose.

“I thought I was finished (writing the book) in September 2016, but the Lord saw fit for me to continue writing and adding more details to my story,” Donald explained. “My divine message is to keep pushing through the obstacles of life until you meet purpose.”

A RELATED STORY: https://makingheadlinenews.com/2017/01/oral-roberts-university-student-princeton-donald-preparing-for-once-in-a-lifetime-trip-to-brazil-to-spread-the-gospel/

A book that is comprised of eight chapters and is accompanied by a journal, a section for note-taking, a crossword puzzle, and overall rating scale, “Provoked To Purpose” is currently in the final publishing stages and is expected to be officially released in the coming months.

Fortunately for Donald, the daughter of the late Bishop John Vincent, a renowned Tulsa-area pastor who died in May 2013, several individuals with whom she’s established close ties have inquired about her book, which is available for presale.

“Many are interested in the book, because they have observed some challenges in my life and they are interested in knowing the steps I took to overcome them,” said Donald, adding that plans are underway to begin a sequel for her latest project and that her next manuscript is currently in the works.

A book in which she acquired the endorsements of her father, her mother, Pastor Barbara Vincent, and a host of family members and well-wishers, Donald has already fielded three speaking engagements, and the possibility exists that she will be offered more.

Besides, in case you forgot, this is a story about being provoked to purpose.

“My message for every reader is to pursue purpose, so you won’t abort your destiny,” Donald said. “Obstacles are inevitable and reaching your destiny is influential with purpose.”

This, after all, practically sums up why the above passage is prevalent to her daily living.

 

A RELATED STORY: 

SALUTE TO MOTHER’S DAY: Tulsa-area Pastor Barbara Vincent recognized for her ‘footsteps of grace and virtue’ by her daughter



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 andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Oral Roberts University student Princeton Donald preparing for once-in-a-lifetime trip to Brazil to spread the Gospel

PRINCETON UNIVERSITYSince making the lofty transition from Tulsa’s Will Rogers College High School to Oral Roberts, an interdenominational, Christian-based, comprehensive liberal arts university that is comprised of approximately 4,000 students, Princeton Donald has been nothing short of impression, particularly as it pertains to becoming acclimated to the hustle and bustle as a college newcomer. Donald is among several ORU students who are planning to partake in a missions trip to Brazil in May, a once-in-a-lifetime journey that will greatly afford this grandson of a longtime Gospel preacher to put on his immeasurable spiritual gifts on display.

TULSA, Oklahoma — Princeton Donald has been enrolled at Oral Roberts University for a little more than a semester.

To his distinct credit, no one has to remind him to embrace the gratuities and benefits that college life customarily offers.

“I am convinced that you don’t have to wait until you are highly increased in age to make a difference,” Donald, 18, told Making Headline News this week. “I believe I can do it now.”

Since making the lofty transition from Tulsa’s Will Rogers College High School to Oral Roberts — an interdenominational, Christian-based, comprehensive liberal arts university that is comprised of approximately 4,000 students — Donald has been nothing short of impression, particularly as it pertains to becoming acclimated to the hustle and bustle as a college newcomer.

For starters, not only has this freshman International Business major found his niche as an aspiring singer, musician, and preacher, but he’s also devising ways to become resourceful in this ever-so-competitive business industry, a trend that could benefit him mightily by the time he completes his undergraduate studies.

MOTHERLY LOVE — As Donald (pictured with his mother, Tiffany Donald) prepares for this much-anticipated trip to the South of Border, he’s hopeful family, friends and loved ones would be willing to aid him in clearing arguably the biggest hurdle as it pertains to joining his peers on this unique journey.
That is, he must raise $3,600, which is the total the cost for the trip, and he has assembled a GoFundMe account, where donations can be made.

Donald is among several ORU students who are planning to partake in a missions trip to Brazil in May, a once-in-a-lifetime journey that will greatly afford the grandson of a longtime Gospel preacher to put on his immeasurable spiritual gifts on display.

Widely known as “Prince,” Donald is the grandson of the late Bishop John Vincent, Jr., a prominent Tulsa-based pastor who died in May 2013.

During the missions trip, Donald emphasized, among other things, that his primary objective would be to migrate to the less progressive areas of South America to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, he would seek to “educate the uneducated,” he said, thus bring a renewed sense of hope to what he describes as a depressed people.

“That is the reason I preach, I sing, I play, I love, and I desire to go to on this missions trip to Brazil,” said Donald, who was practically born in Tulsa’s historic Fellowship Church located at 570 North Denver Avenue — the church his grandfather founded — where he is still very much actively involved in a variety of ministries. “And I want to begin to make a difference now.”

As Donald prepares for this much-anticipated trip to the South of the Border, he’s hopeful family, friends and loved ones would be willing to aid him in clearing arguably the biggest hurdle as it pertains to joining his peers on this unique journey.

That is, he must raise $3,600, which is the total cost for the trip, and he has assembled a GoFundMe account, where donations can be made.

UNIVERSAL IMPACTDuring the missions trip, Donald emphazied that his primary objective would be to migrate to the less progressive areas of South America to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, he would seek to “educate the uneducated,” he said, thus bring a renewed sense of hope to what he describes as a depressed people.

Surely, with God, all things are possible — a familiar, yet life-enhancing passage for which Donald has appropriately adopted during his quest to engage in an experience of a lifetime.

“I am sending letters, contacting people by phone, alerting people through social media, and through the (advertisement) of my GoFundMe account,” Donald said.

By and large, while mission trips of this magnitude doesn’t come around very often, for a youngster who’s already fulfilling his long-awaited vision of preaching the Gospel within the walls of his grandfather’s church, Donald acknowledged this journey undoubtedly is for a worthy cause.

HELP PRINCE MAKE PEACE ABROAD BY MAKING A DONATION: https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/princetons-missions-trip.

“With my major pertaining to International Business, it will allow me to see the (world from a different) perspective, as well as (see) the needs of the people of (Brazil) so that I can properly do business…which I feel is only successful when the consumers’ needs are met,” Donald explained.

In the meantime, with the missions trip scheduled to take place in approximately four months, Donald realizes that while there is enough time to generate the funding for the trip, he still has no time to waste.

In a nutshell, he’s approaching this once-in-a-life-time journey much like his fervent approach to college life — head on.

“My biggest supporters are those who are unselfish and have a vision of unity,” Donald said. “The people that will really support me are those who want to see the world progress. Those who believe that just having plenty for themselves (won’t offer support). Most importantly, (my supporters would be) those who want to make an impact. Also, with my major being International Business and Ministry, I also am looking forward in obtaining my (doctorate degree) in Ministry to further the kingdom of God.”

In essence, he seems to already be in his element, something about which in all likelihood has prompted his grandfather to look down from the heavens and display his signature smile.



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 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.