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Shreveport’s own LaTiffany Dunn-Ivory making remarkable strides as Dallas/Fort Worth-area actress


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)


IN HER ELEMENT 

HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION — A Dallas/Fort Worth-area businesswoman, LaTiffany Dunn-Ivory, 35, is in the prime of an acting career she hopes will attract more of a global presence much sooner than later.

DALLAS — LaTiffany Dunn-Ivory doesn’t have to boast or brag or flaunt, particularly when it comes to her immeasurable career as an actress.

That’s because her resume undoubtedly speaks for itself.
DEFYING ALL ODDS — A professional acting stint that spans a little more than nine years, Dunn-Ivory has gone to great lengths to weather arguably the toughest of obstacles, to clear arguably the grandest of hurdles, all the while steadfastly finding her niche in the process.
“I’ve been acting since 2010, but really knew l could do it professionally in 2012,” Dunn-Ivory, during an interview this week with Making Headline News said, referring to her notable role she landed in the film entitled, “The American Justice with Tiny Lister.”
A Dallas/Fort Worth-area businesswoman, Dunn-Ivory, 35, is in the prime of an acting career she hopes will attract more of a global presence much sooner than later.

To her credit, the acting tenure of this Shreveport, Louisiana native is certainly shaping up to be one that figures to turn heads of several of the industry’s big names directors and producers, in large part because, well, her resume undoubtedly speaks for itself.

A professional acting stint that spans a little more than nine years, Dunn-Ivory has gone to great lengths to weather arguably the toughest of obstacles, to clear arguably the grandest of hurdles, all the while steadfastly finding her niche in the process.

As if that isn’t enough to turn heads, this resourceful, resilient actress — who’s armed with a wealth of swagger and beauty — is positioning herself mightily to garner even more nationwide exposure in the coming months.

HOLDING IT DOWN — A graduate of Homer (Louisiana) High School, Dunn-Ivory’s passion for acting stems all the way back to elementary school days. As she vividly recalls, it was her kindergarten teacher who’s responsible for having inspired her to follow her dreams. Fortunately for Dunn-Ivory, she’s done just that, all the while going after all they say she couldn’t have.

Much to her delight, Dunn-Ivory’s itinerary is becoming quite congested, considering she’s scheduled to appear in a variety of plays, including:

  • “Something Else To Talk About” on April 28, during which she will play the character “Cheryl” 

  • “Insincere Twins” on June 1, a red carpet premiere during which she will assume the role as the character “T’s Receptionist.

  • “Skin Deep” on June 15, during which she will play “Nurse Paula” and,

  • “Black DIAMOND” in July (on a date to be announced), a red carpet premiere during which she will assume the role as “Fiend.”


A graduate of Homer (Louisiana) High School, Dunn-Ivory’s passion for acting stems all the way back to elementary school days.

As she vividly recalls, it was her kindergarten teacher who’s responsible for having inspired her to follow her dreams.

Fortunately for Dunn-Ivory, she’s done just that, all the while going after all they say she couldn’t have.

TEXAS TWO STEP

AND THE WINNER IS — For her immeasurable contributions to her selected industry, Dunn-Ivory has positioned herself to become the beneficiary of yet another accolade. She is a nominee for Best Supporting Actress in the upcoming Church Stars Awards, which will take September 28. Voting begins in July.

Look at her today, functioning fervently in her distinctly unique element with God, her Helper, steering the way, thus allowing her remarkably brilliant gifts to make room for her.


“I remember it like yesterday, sitting in the back of Mrs. Gearhart’s class, just singing (R & B entertainer) Karen White’s Superwoman like I was at home and she walked to the middle of the class and asked me to step outside,” said Dunn-Ivory, recalling a Kindergarten memory that essentially changed her life. “l thought l was in trouble for interrupting her class.”


But what Dunn-Ivory had ultimately discovered was that it was only a brief, impromptu counsel by her teacher, one that essentially jumpstarted her quest to connecting with the purpose for which she was created.

Interestingly, Dunn-Ivory has shown virtually no signs that she intends to slow down anytime soon, not in the prime of an acting career that seems well on path to giving way to even greater success.

“She walked me to in Ms. Emerson’s class and was like, ‘You have to hear her voice,’” Dunn-Ivory explained. “So l sang for her. Next thing you know, we’re going from classroom to classroom and I was justa singing. In that moment, l realized a star was born and I nurtured my gifts.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

Interestingly, Dunn-Ivory has shown virtually no signs that she intends to slow down anytime soon, not when she’s in the prime of an acting career that seems well on path to giving way to even greater success.

A former Grambling State University student who relocated in September 2005 to the Dallas/Fort Worth-area, Dunn-Ivory’s work has been seen in Oklahoma, Texas, her native home state, as well as in several establishments outside of the United States.

“The competitiveness (in this industry) has taught me that for every ‘No’ at an audition, the ‘Yes’ is around the corner, and it’s up to me to go get it and show that I deserve it,” Dunn-Ivory said. “I’m also a firm believer that what’s for me, no one can take that away, so I continue to strive daily and go get what’s already mine.”

For Dunn-Ivory, it’s a foregone conclusion that acting and assuming various roles essentially comes natural to her.

As if anyone should really be surprised.

As Dunn-Ivory vividly recalls, it was her kindergarten teacher who’s responsible for having inspired her to follow her dreams. Fortunately for Dunn-Ivory, she’s done just that, all the while going after all they say she couldn’t have.

“The fact that in each character or role I play, I leave the audience with an inspirational impression that could be life changing to them,” Dunn-Ivory said. “I love being a tool to bring people’s visions to life.”

For her immeasurable contributions to her selected industry, Dunn-Ivory has positioned herself to become the beneficiary of yet another accolade.

She is a nominee for Best Supporting Actress in the upcoming Church Stars Awards, which will take September 28.

Voting begins in July.

A former Grambling State University student who relocated in September 2005 to the Dallas/Fort Worth-area, Dunn-Ivory’s work has been seen in Oklahoma, Texas, her native home state, as well as in several establishments outside of the United States.

Now with plans of ending a five-year hiatus in the singing studio, Dunn-Ivory emphasized, among other things, she’s just giddy in that she’s been blessed to walk in her purpose.

THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE

SHE AIN’T DONE — Now with plans of ending a five-year hiatus in the singing studio, Dunn-Ivory emphasized, among other things, she’s just giddy in that she’s been blessed to walk in her purpose.

“It’s imperative that I inspire others, because every step I have made, I earned it,” Dunn-Ivory said. “There was a time when that thing called sickle cell anemia had me down for years. The devil intended to take me out. But God. Here l am today, a healthy 35-year-old, inspiring those around me that life ain’t easy. It’s challenging, but also what you make it to be. You have to power to create your path, and if you can vision it, you can achieve it.”

She would know.

Especially since her resume undoubtedly speaks for itself.

Something about which she doesn’t have to boasts or brag to flaunt.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth actress LaTiffany Dunn-Ivory, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/latiffany.dunn. Also, send email to: latiffanydunn83@gmail.com.


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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.

Memphis’ Reverend Sheilah Easterling-Smith deemed a fixture in Body of Christ as the face of WOPP


Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. (Ecclesiastes 4:9 KJV)


GOD’S WOMAN OF PROMISE 

GOD’S LEADING LADY — More than anything, it is because Reverend Sheilah-Smith, this beloved Mid-South-area preacher, is walking diligently in her divine purpose as the Founder and President of Women of Promise and Praise, her inspiring, spiritually-enhancing ministry that has become a constant fixture in the Body of Christ.

DALLAS — To her credit and much to her delight, Reverend Sheilah Easterling-Smith can be appropriately described as a Proverbs 31 kind of woman.

Not just because she’s a devout woman of faith.

Not just because she’s steadfastly on fire for God.

Not because she’s found her spiritual niche as one of God’s most dedicated and resourceful spokespersons.

More than anything, it is because Easterling-Smith, this beloved Mid-South-area preacher, is walking diligently in her divine purpose as the Founder and President of Women of Promise and Praise, her inspiring, spiritually-enhancing ministry that has become a constant fixture in the Body of Christ.

WHAT ABOUT WOPP? https://www.facebook.com/Women-of-Promise-and-Praise-268424283208351/

Established in 2007, Easterling-Smith’s Women of Promise and Praise (or WOPP) is comprised of a group of women dedicated to helping uplift and encourage other women.

“We also concentrate on educating young ladies,” said a spokesperson for WOPP in a detailed introduction of this ministry on its Facebook business page.

A notable ministry that is widely known for aiding and empowering women mightily to discover and reconnect with their God-given worth and purpose, WOPP is making preparations to hold “It Takes A Village” conference, its annual one-day event that will be comprised of a variety of workshops.

Powered by WOPP, this year’s “It Takes A Village” conference will take place on August 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST at Memphis’ Impact Baptist Church & Ministries, located at 2025 Clifton Avenue.

Tickets for this event are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 901.210.7235 or by emailing Easterling-Smith at seasterl@comcast.net.

SAVE THE DATE

During Easterling-Smith’s “It Takes A Village” conference, an assortment of pertinent topics will be discussed, most notably opioid epidemic, sickle cell disease, childhood trauma, domestic violence, and bullying, just to name a few.

Also, door prizes will be given away during this fun-filled, community-wide fellowship.

Interestingly, WOPP will be hosting what is known as the “Seven Last Words Service” Friday night at 7 at Memphis’ Gifts of Life Ministries, located at 3381 Raleigh Millington Road.

This service, which is powered by WOPP, is a pre-Good Friday celebratory event and will be highlighted by a “preached word, drama, and music,” Easterling-Smith wrote in a Facebook post earlier this week.

Hosted by Pastor Andre and Lady Lisa Johnson in conjunction with WOPP, the “Seven Last Words Service” will feature a gallery of at least a half dozen Mid-South-area preachers, as well as a musical presentation by Crystal “SaxLady” Brown.

For Reverend Easterling-Smith, she has managed to assemble what is widely regarded as an immeasurable body of word throughout the year, particularly as a clergywoman.

A notable ministry that is widely known for aiding and empowering women mightily to discover and reconnect with their God-given worth and purpose, WOPP is making preparations to hold “It Takes A Village” conference, its annual one-day event that will be comprised of a variety of workshops.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Easterling-Smith is a graduate of Cleveland’s historic John F. Kennedy High School, where she was devoted to academic excellence while being active in several extracurricular activities, most notably editor of the school’s newspaper.

One of the “First Ladies” (and captains) of what was known as the  Highsteppers, Easterling-Smith was named a Who’s Who in Cleveland Public High Schools.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN — A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Easterling-Smith is a graduate of Cleveland’s historic John F. Kennedy High School, where she was devoted to academic excellence while being active in several extracurricular activities, most notably editor of the school’s newspaper.

Consequently, she enrolled at Indiana State University on an academic scholarship, where she earned an undergraduate with degree in Journalism, a feat that eventually landed her a job in public relations in nearby Chicago. Her professional work experience includes having worked as an R&B promoter for Malaco Records, during which she represented entertainers Z. Z. Hill, Johnnie Taylor, Denise Lasalle, and Little Milton, among others.

Upon relocating to Memphis, Easterling-Smith worked at The Commercial Appeal in the Composing/Make-Up department before she discovered a spiritual detour, of sorts, after she had become a member of Memphis’ historic Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church.

THE LORD’S DOING — For Reverend Easterling-Smith, she has managed to assemble what is widely regarded as an immeasurable body of word throughout the year, particularly as a clergywoman.

After having served in a variety of ministries at the church known as “The Boulevard,” Easterling-Smith had ultimately accepted her call to ministry. She enrolled at Memphis Theological Seminary, where she graduated cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Divinity.

While operating as the President of WOPP, she is a member of the Fellowship of Black Disciples Clergywomen, North Stakeholders & Clergy Group, the Frayser Exchange Club, as well as the Church Developers Network.


For more information about Mid-South-area Minister/Businesswoman Reverend Sheilah Easterling-Smith, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, or connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/sheilah.easterlingsmith. Also, send email to: seasterl@comcast.net.


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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.

New York author Shawn Headley’s new book enjoying instant success with unprecedented sales

I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. (Ecclesiastes 9:11 NIV)


At the end of the real day, you’ve got to grasp a thorough concept of what it means to go far beyond start.

That, after all, practically sums up why Shawn Headley has become fully committed to often posing the million dollar question.

That is, “Are you confused about how to get started?

“God gave me the vision to write the book in 2016, but as the book title goes, I didn’t know how to start,” Headley, a Long Island, New York-area author, told Making Headline News this week.


PURCHASE AUTHOR SHAWN’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1727575997/

The book to which Headley is alluding is her informative and compelling project that is entitled, “The Start Is What Stops Most People: 7 Simple Steps To Starting Your Nonprofit Organization.”

A book that officially made its presence on the market a less than two months ago, Headley’s “The Start Is What Stops Most People: 7 Simple Steps To Starting Your Nonprofit Organization” is an extension of her Each One Teach One Mentoring Service, or nonprofit organization.

A native of the Bronx, New York, Headley has enjoyed what apparently has been instant success since the release her new book.

GPS SYSTEM TO SUCCESS — A book that officially made its presence on the market a less than two months ago, Headley’s “The Start Is What Stops Most People: 7 Simple Steps To Starting Your Nonprofit Organization” is an extension of her Each One Teach One Mentoring Service, or nonprofit organization.

That’s because she immediately sold out of her initial batch just days after fielding it (not including her online orders through Amazon).

More than anything, though, credit her immeasurable body of work through her professional as the biggest reason her book is enjoying sustained success.


“My reason for writing the book is because as I coach individuals, the one thing has been said throughout. I’ve always wanted to start my nonprofit and I didn’t know how and I didn’t know where to begin.” — Author Shawn Headley 


To her credit, all of that has changed considerably in recent years, in large part because Headley’s nonprofit organization experience spans more than eight years.

PUTTING IN WORK — More than anything, credit Headley’s immeasurable body of work through her professional as the biggest reason her book is enjoying sustained success.

For instance, Each One Teach One began with a vision to help givers in the nonprofit industry achieve what they deserve, according to a detailed breakdown of Headley’s organization at https://eachoneteachonementoring.com.

Such perseverance had ultimately led to Headley having established A Stairway To Hope — her very first nonprofit organization — in 2010.

So much for stopping at the very start, considering this progressive and resourceful businesswoman-turned-author needed roughly two weeks to start and finish “The Start Is What Stops Most People: 7 Simple Steps To Starting Your Nonprofit Organization.”


MORE ON EACH ONE TEACH ONE: https://eachoneteachonementoring.com

“The divine message I’m sending with the book is that if you’re arm with knowledge of how to execute your vision, then you can get your dream off the ground,” Headley explained. “The message I’m also trying to give is the start is what stops most people, but through this book, your new beginnings can be less stressful.”

Interestingly, it seems that Headley’s unique analogies and suggestions have inspired countless of people, particularly those who aspire to establish a nonprofit organization.

How else to explain the rapid sellout of her first batch of books?


PURCHASE AUTHOR SHAWN’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1727575997/

“The feedback that I’ve gotten from the book is that it’s comprehensive and the light bulb goes off after reading the book,” Headley said. “I believe God put me on this earth as a giver.”

To her credit, Headley’s professional resume is such that she customarily gives mightily, courtesy of agape love, coupled with a wealth of experience as a nonprofit organization insider, of sorts.

“It started with my own nonprofit organization, A Stairway To Hope, which is a community outreach organization for individuals  and families in need,” said Headley, who has announced a second book is presently in the works and will be released by year’s end. “And now I create more givers by helping nonprofits get off the ground.”

Because, after all, at the end of the real day, you’ve got to grasp a thorough concept of what it means to go far beyond start.

For more information about Long Island, New York-area Author Shawn Headley, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, call 1-347-499-8440, or fax 1-516-285-0350. Also, send email to: eachoneteach1mentoring@gmail.com.


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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.

Houston-area entrepreneur Melody Woods adopts new lease on life amid emotional, tear-jerking summer

“A MAKING HEADLINE NEWS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL FEATURE”

 

DALLAS — Because of whom she is and because of where God is taking her, Melody Woods is destined to savor the abundant life Christ came to give her.

For the rest of her life, mind you.

“I don’t take life for granted anymore, and I can finally say I’m putting myself first…taking care of me,” Woods told Making Headline News during a weekend interview.

GOD KEPT HER — All things considered, Houston businesswoman Melody Woods, a woman of devout faith, relied on her faith unlike never before to help steer and navigate her through such a challenging time in her life. During what was arguably the most disastrous season in the life of this accomplished Houston-based businesswoman, Woods’ young son, 25-year-old Akeem Russell, died unexpectedly on July 20, leaving the then-40-year-old mother to have to bury her beloved child. As if that wasn’t enough to rattle and shake up her family, Woods surprisingly suffered what doctors had described as a major stroke a little more than a month later, a stunning development that damaged the right side of her brain.

To grasp a full understanding of why Woods doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s adopted a newfound lease on life, look no further than the tumultuous, frightening occurrences that havetranspired in her life in recent months.

During what was arguably the most disastrous season in the life of this accomplished Houston-based businesswoman, Woods’ son, 25-year-old Akeem Russell, died unexpectedly on July 20, leaving the then-40-year-old mother to have to bury her beloved child.

As if that wasn’t enough to rattle and shake up her family, Woods surprisingly suffered what doctors had described as a major stroke a little more than a month later, a stunning development that damaged the right side of her brain.

REFOCUSING HER FOCUS — “So often, we lose focus of what really matters, so I had to step back and re-evaluate my life and let go of some things,” Woods said. “Most of all, I had to prioritize my life. Now it’s God, myself, family, etc.”

All things considered, Woods, a woman of devout faith, relied on her faith unlike never before to help steer and navigate her through such a challenging time in her life.

“God was definitely in the midst of it all, because one thing I know, I’m a fighter and all I can think about is everything I wanted to do and say if,” said Woods, assessing how she overcame what undoubtedly was a chaotic time for her. “(Had) I given up, what am I teaching my kids? I was determined more than ever to speak again, walk again, write again…bring back my normalization.”

Much to her delight, coupled with the divine purpose for which God created her, Woods staged a dramatic comeback for the ages.

Just as she’s previously done on a number of occasions.

Not only has she re-established herself as the progressive, thriving businesswoman for which she is widely known, but Woods is devising a strategic, effective plan to rebrand her venture as she takes her business to a whole new level.

For starters, Woods’ MWG Tax And Financial Service has transitioned from the “LLC” label to “Incorporated.”

TEXAS SIZE COMEBACK — Not only has she re-established herself as the progressive, thriving businesswoman for which she is widely known, but Woods is devised a strategic, effective plan to rebrand her venture as she takes her business to a whole new level. For starters, Woods’ MWG Tax And Financial Service has transitioned to “LLC” label to “Incorporated.”

“(It is because of) growth and changing people’s mindset,” said Woods, explaining the reason for the name change of her company she organized in February 2012.

Not only that, there are a few other notable reasons for her business’ upgrade. Those are:

  • To establish 100 percent authenticity amongst her staff and family
  • To acknowledge a paradigm shift in business amongst leaders
  • To become more innovative and to differienate her business from her competitors and,
  • To attract a broader range of consumers.

“So often, we lose focus of what really matters, so I had to step back and re-evaluate my life and let go of some things,” Woods said. “Most of all, I had to prioritize my life. Now it’s God, myself, family, etc.”

JUST STAND — All things considered, Woods, a woman of devout faith, relied on her faith unlike never before to help steer and navigate her through such a challenging time in her life.

Interestingly, Woods would be the first to admit that her faith has increased mightily since having endured what she deemed the worst summer of her life.

“So often, we say we have faith and trust God when things are good,” Woods said. “From July to November, my faith was tested back-to-back till (to the point) where I just wanted to give up. I couldn’t understand why me? I pray. I do right by people, so why is this happening to me?”

What’s even more astounding was that through it all, Woods thought it essential to keep a song in her heart.

“I sung that song for months,” Woods said. “I didn’t have any fight left in me. It was too much. But when you don’t understand God’s will for your life, you just have to stand. I got tired of doing the pity party, so I started encouraging myself.”

By and large, she also had at her disposal a solid support system.

HEAVENLY PROMOTION — What Woods had ultimately found out was that the challenges she endured in the summer was a prelude for her next assignment opposite that of an entrepreneur. That’s because Woods announced that her first book — an encouraging written document that will tell of her assortment of challenges and how she managed to survive them — is presently in the works and is expected to be released some in November 2019.

“My family, mentor, and best friend played a huge part in that,” Woods said. “I had to understand this was not about me I had to go through this to help someone. God was preparing me for something that is so bigger than me.”

What Woods had ultimately found out was that the challenges she endured in the summer was a prelude for her next assignment opposite that of an entrepreneur.

That’s because Woods announced that her first book — an encouraging written document that will tell of her assortment of challenges and how she managed to survive them — is presently in the works and is expected to be released some in November 2019.

“I’m actually excited about my first book,” Woods said. “So often, people see the glory and success but not the struggle, pain, and tears. So I want the readers to know you can be successful and weather the storm.”

Just as she’s previously done on a number of occasions.

 

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Houston businesswoman Melody Woods-Gilmore on the way to having a global impact as CEO of MWG Tax & Financial Service, LLC

 

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 Founder and Publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or makingheadlinenews@gmail.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Dallas/Fort Worth entrepreneur Joy Reed relies on relentless faith amid family tragedies to start her business

Dallas/Fort Worth , Texas-based businesswoman Joy Reed

DALLAS — In a way, it would be rather easy to suggest that Joy Reed, at some point in her life, was forced to become to a strong, Godly woman.

But in reality, she was taught to become one.

Take, for instance, how Reed, a 38-year-old Dallas/Fort Worth-area educator, had to press and navigate her way through arguably the toughest of life’s situations and circumstances in recent years — you know, these life-changing, spiritually gut-checking occurrences that would have potentially caused the faith of someone else to become bleak or, perhaps, evaporate all together.

JOY UNSPEAKABLE — Months before Memphian Joy Reed, a veteran Dallas/Fort Worth-area educator of about 10 years, established Expressions Of Joy, her newly-erected wedding and events planning business, she was faced with having to clear undoubtedly the biggest hurdles of her young life. Reed’s parents died last year approximately three weeks apart.

Nevertheless, Reed, fortifying such resiliency and tenacity as only she could, was determined not to pin blame on God for the gruesome adversities that arose in her life to try her faith.

If nothing else, she steadfastly gave Him all the glory, thus proving once again that she’s the strong, Godly woman for which she is widely known.

So how to explain such unyielding, bend-but-don’t break faith for a woman who, truth be told, could have very well thrown in the towel a long time ago?

For a thorough understanding of this notion, look no further than the admirable legacies and influential impacts manufactured by her beloved parents, both of whom passed away last year approximately three weeks apart.

There was Reed over the weekend, sitting in a coffee shop in nearby Grand Prairie, Texas, recalling both tear-jerking encounters while simultaneously struggling to fight back tears.

“My mother was a woman of strength,” Reed, a native Memphian and Whitehaven High alum, told Making Headline News. “There wasn’t anything she couldn’t overcome. She taught me how to handle business and never to let anyone take me for granted.”

Months before Reed, a veteran educator of about 10 years, established Expressions Of Joy, her newly-erected wedding and events planning business, she was faced with having to clear undoubtedly the biggest hurdles of her young life.

In February of last year, Reed’s mother, Catherine Jones, died of complications of a massive stroke she suffered a little more than a decade ago.

In February of last year, Reed’s mother, Catherine Jones, died of complications of a massive stroke she suffered a little more than a decade ago.

“I got a call of her being unresponsive and on a ventilator, so I immediately shot to Memphis,” Reed recalled.

Reed’s mother, in fact, was hospitalized for an entire year and was ultimately moved to a skilled nursing facility until her death, a development that left her downright heartbroken.

Just a few weeks after her mother’s demise, Reed was on the wrong end of yet another disheartening phone call, this time concerning her father, George Jones, who was involved in a horrific automobile accident. Jones, whom doctors confirmed was paralyzed from the shoulder down, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident, a development that had transpired when a motorist had run a stop light.

“She had a heart of gold and would give her very last to help someone else,” Reed said. “(She was) a woman of integrity. After I witnessed the mind-blowing occurrence of talking to the heavenly host as I would call it, there was peace that came over me like none other. Although it broke my heart in a million pieces, I didn’t want her to continue to suffer from the complications of the massive stroke. So I knew I had to be strong for her and the family. Plus, she was ready to go her heavenly home.”

Even while grieving what was seemingly a somewhat expected death of her mother, the apparent unexpected misfortune would ensue.

Just a few weeks after her mother’s demise, Reed subsequently was on the wrong end of yet another disheartening phone call, this time concerning her father, George Jones, who was involved in a horrific automobile accident.

Jones, whom doctors confirmed was paralyzed from the shoulders down, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident, a development that had transpired when a motorist had run a stop light.

Once again, Reed was left to try and make sense of it all.

“Doctors said there was little they could do, because he was shutting down,” said Reed, who made the trip from Texas in time to meet with her father prior to his untimely passing.

With family and close friends surrounding his death bed, Jones expired on March 5, 2016 at 1:15 a.m., nearly the same time in which Reed’s mother had died (at 12:15 a.m.).

“I was like, ‘I can’t believe this. I just lost my mom,’” said Reed, sitting on the edge of her chair as her eyes began to flood with tears. “I was numb. The pain was so intense that I couldn’t cry. I was still in shock.”

For what her faith walk is worth — surely, it’s worth a lot — Reed and her husband, Terence, were the beneficiaries of a couple of dramatic comebacks for the ages.

After giving birth to premature twins at just 24 weeks in February 2007, the lives of those infants were left hanging in the balance as they were stricken by an array of challenges and deficiencies.

As if that wasn’t enough to cause the Reeds’ to become dejected and unsettled, their twins were both hospitalized for an extensive period of time, but were separated by approximately 20 miles, somewhere between Arlington and Fort Worth — all of this after Joy Reed’s water had broke while standing in line at the bank.

The Reeds’ daughter, Gio, was hospitalized in Arlington. Their son, Cortez, was in Fort Worth. Both were fighting for their infant lives while being confined to a ventilator.

Cortez’s prognosis, it seemed, was more severe than his sister’s.

“At one point, his ventilator was turned up to 100 percent, meaning the ventilator was practically breathing for him.”

All things considered and as bleak the Reeds’ situation surrounding their babies was, there was only one thing left for Joy to do.

That is, it was time that she sought the kind of faith — and joy — the world couldn’t possibly give her.

“Around the fourth month (in the hospital), they were able to come off the incubator and come out of the ventilator and placed in a crib,” said Joy Reed, who initially was informed that her twins had a 30 percent chance of surviving. “At that point, things looked fine. They’ve had no major issues since.”

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY…EVERYDAY — “My mother was a woman of strength,” Reed, a native Memphian and Whitehaven High alum, told Making Headline News. “There wasn’t anything she couldn’t overcome. She taught me how to handle business and never to let anyone take me for granted.”

Today, the Reeds routinely label their now-10-year-olds as “miracle children,” which, in essence, basically sums up how Joy Reed had come up with the name for a newly-established business that is already enjoying its share of success.

FOR MORE INFO ABOUT JOY’S BUSINESS, SEND EMAIL TO: expressionsofjoy17@gmail.com.

“I never lost joy because of my faith in God,” said Joy Reed, who has a number of events, including a wedding in Memphis, scheduled in the coming weeks. “I was too weak to go through (all) this. But it was through Him that I found strength.”

In a way, it would be rather easy to suggest that Joy Reed, at some point in her life, was forced to become to a strong, Godly woman.

But in reality, she was taught to become one.

Ask Gio and Cortez, her precious expressions of joy.

 

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