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South Memphis’ own Marquita Williams living out her dream as the face of Revenge Body Bar MedSpa

TEN-NES-SEE THIS WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE
RAISING THE BAR — A 2001 graduate of the Memphis’ historic and now-defunct George Washington Carver High, Marquita Williams has made immeasurable strides as a fixture for Revenge Body Bar Medspa, a Mid-South-area venture where women customarily come for company officials describe as “a body that they once had or a body that they never had.”

Although it is one of the city’s most poverty-stricken establishments, a number of individuals are proud to call South Memphis home.

Memphian Marquita Williams undoubtedly is one of them.
“Raised in South Memphis,” Williams told Making Headline News during a recent interview.
To her distinctly unique credit, Williams has, in turn, has made the Bluff City proud, notably as a thriving and flourishing entrepreneur.
A 2001 graduate of the Memphis’ historic and now-defunct George Washington Carver High School, Williams has made immeasurable strides as a fixture for Revenge Body Bar Medspa, a Mid-South-area venture where women customarily come for company officials describe as “a body that they once had or a body that they never had.”

MORE ON MARQUITA’S VENTURE: https://www.revengebodybarmedspa.com/

Located at 3242 Players Club Circle, Suite 4  in Memphis, Revenge Body Bar MedSpa has become widely known as your one stop shop for non-invasive body treatments, weight loss therapy, vitamin shots, and IV hydration therapy.

A company that is nearing its one year anniversary on April 1, Revenge Body Bar MedSpa has become a fixture in the Mid-South, in large part because is it a medical weight loss ran facility, one that’s owned and operated by Williams and an accomplished medical professional.

HOLDIN’ IT DOWN — To her distinctly unique credit, Williams has, in turn, has made the Bluff City proud, notably as a thriving and flourishing entrepreneur.

Much to Williams’ delight, her rise to entrepreneurship success came at the disposal of a variety of like-minded business professionals, most notably fellow Memphian and current Atlanta businesswoman Candance Holyfield, who’s widely known as the “Six Figure Spa Chick.”

“She travels all across the world teaching spa professionals how to create and operate a successful business,” Williams said of Holyfield, who’s believed to be the leader of the largest African-American spa professional venture in the United States called Spa Boss Tribe.

Interestingly, Williams certainly boasts the educational credentials, which have greatly afforded her the golden opportunities to function mightily in her element.

Much to Williams’ delight, her rise to entrepreneurship success came at the disposal of a variety of likeminded business professionals, most notably fellow Memphian and current Atlanta businesswoman Candance Holyfield, who’s widely known as the “Six Figure Pack Chick.”

Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from LeMoyne-Owen College in 2007, and then followed that up with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Baptist College of Health Science.

Consequently, she graduated from Walden University in 2016 with a Master of Science in Nursing, with an emphasis to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

She’s currently pursuing an MBA at Walden University and is scheduled to earn it later this year.

“As a nurse, I’ve worked countless hours taking care of people,” Williams said. “I knew it was something so much more for me to do than to continue at the bedside. I was tired of the same thing every day.”

Something eventually had to give, Williams said.


“I was missing important things such as family events, activities with my kids, not spending enough time with my kids…basically I was burned out and knew I was underpaid,” Williams recalled. “I started doing my research on what can I could get into doing while utilizing my nursing degree.”


Fortunately for Williams, she ultimately came across a rather unique and effective strategy while weighing her career options.

“I ran across IV Hydration therapy and I was shocked that this could be done outside the hospital doors,” Williams said. “I found me a class to take and went from there. But even at that moment, I knew that wasn’t the only thing I wanted to do.”

That, to her credit, is why she still deemed it essential to keep her options open.


BLUFF CITY SENSATION

A company that is nearing its one year anniversary April 1, Revenge Body Bar MedSpa has become a fixture in the Mid-South, in large part because is it a medical weight loss ran facility, one that’s owned and operated by Williams and an accomplished medical professional.

“As I began my weight loss journey in becoming a healthier me, I ran across non-invasive lipo procedures,” Williams explained. “I did more research on it. I was like, ‘Okay, people really could use these procedures.’ They are safe and an alternative to surgery, (so I said) ‘Let me get into this ASAP.’ Found my classes and went from there.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

Today, unlike never before, Williams is not only walking in her divine purpose but, most of all, she’s garnered a new, carefree lease on life.

“It is important to inspire others, because my purpose is not for me, it’s for the people,” Williams said. “I want people to know that if you can think it, you can achieve it. It all starts with a desire.”

Well and appropriately said by one of South Memphis’ own.


For more information about Mid-South Businesswoman Marquita Williams of Revenge Body Bar Medspa, to inquire about a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Revenge-Body-Bar-966153626923653/ or Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/revengebodybar/. Also, send email to: 901revenge@gmail.com.


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

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

Retired Memphis Pastor Bishop Lee Ward recouping comfortably amid massive fire that destroyed his home

BEAUTY FOR ASHES

THIS, TOO, SHALL PASS — Just before midday Wednesday, Retired Pastor Bishop Lee Ward’s home in the Westwood district of Memphis was engulfed in flames and ultimately destroyed to rubble.

DALLAS — During an interview from Memphis late Thursday night, Valerie Brown was asked how would she foresee the morning worship service playing out Sunday at Greater Harvest Church of God In Christ.

Given her unequivocal response, it’s safe to assume a much-anticipated praise break for the ages will unfold sometime after 10 a.m. CST at 3509 Boxdale Street in Southeast Memphis.
“Sunday, the atmosphere will be absolute electric,” Brown told Making Headline News. “There will be an undeniable praise going forth as saints are praising God already. We never pray for a miracle and not give God praise for what He has done.”
To grasp a thorough concept of why periodic praise breaks are almost certain to take place within the walls of the church Brown’s grandfather, Bishop Lee Ward, had pastored for more than four decades, look no further than the dramatic turn of events that transpired earlier this week.
Just before midday Wednesday, Ward’s home in the Westwood district of Memphis was engulfed in flames and ultimately destroyed to rubble.

MORE ON GREATER HARVEST COGIC: https://www.greaterharvestcogic.org/

Ward, 97, his wife, Julia Scott Ward, 87, and the couple’s youngest grandchild, five-year-old Taylor Stevenson, were in the home at the time it went up in flames, but managed to survive the catastrophe of a residence Ward for years had deemed, “The Ward Estate.”

So ruinous was the fire that first responders had to dismantle the roof to rescue Ward, a military veteran who customarily uses a walker.

Interestingly, the Wards’ granddaughter was held out of school for two days and subsequently dialed 911, a heroic, unprecedented development that essentially sent their family, close friends, and a host of well-wishers into a massive frenzy — on and off of social media.

Ward, who was hospitalized for smoke inhalation, was released Thursday afternoon and is expected to make a full recovery, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

“On my way to the house (Wednesday), we were all waiting on the responders to get him out of the house,” Brown, an Instructional Facilitator at Hickory Ridge Middle School, said after fielding a call from her uncle, Greater Harvest Senior Superintendent Renardo Ward.

“I called my father, who was on the scene behind the barriers. I asked had they gotten granddaddy out. He said, ‘Yes, I see them bringing him out on a stretcher.’ I asked was he okay. My father, who will shield me from as much heartbreak as possible, told me, ‘I just can’t see him being okay with everything we see right now. It looks really bad. I cannot say it is going to be good and I’m not sure if anybody would be strong enough to make it out of this.’”

So ruinous was the fire that first responders had to dismantle the roof to rescue Ward, a military veteran who customarily uses a walker.

At that point, Brown had done that about which she was taught dating back to her childhood days growing up in the church. She erected a figurative war room, of sorts, during what undoubtedly was an emotionally-driven, tear-jerking commute from Southeast Memphis to Westwood.

“I screamed, hung up the phone, and told God He had spared my grandfather too many times and from too many things to let him perish in a house fire,” said Brown, praying as if her grandfather’s life depended on it.

In actuality, it did.


“I just didn’t believe the God I served would let him go out like that,” Brown said. “I prayed and rushed to the house.”


In November 2014, Ward was consecrated to the office of Bishopric during COGIC’s 107th Holy Convocation in St. Louis, months after turning over the pastoral reigns to his son, Superintendent Renardo Ward.

By the time Brown had arrived at what was left of her grandparents’ residence, there was nothing, really, to figure out because, well, God had already worked it out.

Another setback, another miraculous comeback victory for Ward, a longtime COGIC preacher and former U. S. Marine veteran, who fought in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam Conflict during his 26-year stint in the military.

Named Senior Pastor in 1972 of what was then South Fort Pickering Church of God in Christ, the church was eventually renamed Greater Harvest COGIC approximately three years later.


GREATER THE HARVEST 

THAT’LL PREACH — Ward was named Senior Pastor in 1972 of what was then South Fort Pickering Church of God in Christ, the church was eventually renamed Greater Harvest COGIC approximately three years later.

Consequently, Ward in November 2014 was consecrated to the office of Bishopric during COGIC’s 107th Holy Convocation in St. Louis, months after turning over the pastoral reigns to his son, Superintendent Renardo Ward.

As for the Wards’ home in which they had resided since the early 1990s, Brown and Co. are thoroughly enraptured, considering things could have very well turned out to be tragic.

But God…

“When I pulled up, my family was at the end of the street behind the barricade,” Brown said. “I jumped out and ran to my aunt, Reniece. I asked did they get granddaddy out. She said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Is he okay?’ She said, ‘Yes…non-critical.’

“I ran up the street and praised and worshipped God then and there. I creamed. I cried. I hollered. I recall standing with my arms lifted and rain drops hitting my face and screaming with tears, but God, I thank You.”

All things considered, now we know why in, all likelihood, a raucous praise break figures to unfold at the corner of Boxdale Street and Winchester Road Sunday morning.

D-S-TOTAL PRIASE — The granddaughter of Bishop Ward, Brown is a licensed evangelist who works as an Instructional Facilitator at Hickory Ridge Middle School.

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

Memphian Toy Addington is the first African-American woman to own Tri-State-area Life Coaching School

COACH’S CORNER 

IN HER OWN ZONE — A native Memphian, Toy Addington is the mastermind behind I Can’t Coaching Life Coaching School and Mrs. Budget Boss Organization, her credible nonprofit organization she established in 2014.

Toy Addington has steadfastly gone to great lengths to make Memphis proud.

To her distinctly unique credit, in fact, her entrepreneurial track record is such that she’s destined to garner more of a global presence through her assortment of endeavors.
“I’m self-driven and motivated, and it’s contagious, so I needed to strengthen my knowledge on how to help people set goals and accomplish them,” Addington told Making Headline News this week. I did my research and stumbled upon life coaching.”
Fortunately for Addington, she hasn’t looked back since she was blessed to have strategically connected with the purpose for which she was created.
A native Memphian, Addington is the mastermind behind I Can’t Coaching Life Coaching School and Mrs. Budget Boss Organization, her credible nonprofit organization she established in 2014.
Through Mrs. Budget Boss Organization, Addington’s primary focus includes — but isn’t limited to — helping equip today’s youths with the right tools they need, particularly through empowerment coaching.

MORE ON TOY ADDINGTON: https://mrsbudgetbossacademy.com/

Interestingly, she goes to great lengths to educate youths through her ever-so-popular “Money Don’t Grow On Trees” class, during which she customarily helps prevent them from making financial pitfalls, all the while preparing them for a successful and stress-free future.

“(We devise ways) to keep them from being stressed, moving back home with their parents, and being overwhelmed during their transition into adulthood,” Addington said in a detailed introduction of company at https://mrsbudgetbossacademy.com/mrs-budget-boss. I will also keep track of the students’ progress at least twice a year, and those who successfully complete the program will have an opportunity to teach the class and make extra income.”

A first-generation college graduate, Addington is a Master Certified Professional Life Coach, who is widely known for specializing is helping people build six-figure businesses.

And then there’s Addington’s I Can’t Coaching venture, which is accompanied by her original, yet compelling motto: I Can’t Let Anything Control My Mind, Mood or Money.”

A business-related entity that has given way to Addington reaping a considerable amount of sustained success, this progressive and thriving businesswoman announced that her first book in presently in the works and will be centered largely on empowering people on how to stay self-motivated, as well as how to acquire more positive energy.

By all accounts, this would be done by a rather intriguing formula — “The formula for ’emotional excellence’ is for one to reach their highest form of existence,” she emphasized — Addington describes as “M+M=M,” which means Mind+Mood= (Money, mood, man, mellow, marvelous, mother etc.).

There is, as far as this accomplished Mid-South businesswoman is concerned, a notable reason why she deemed it essential to come up with such a unique formula.

GLOBAL WARMING — To her distinctly unique credit, Addington’s entrepreneurial track record is such that she’s destined to garner more of a global presence through her assortment of endeavors.

“Thoughts trigger emotions, which motivates or demotivates one to be a better (insert the m that you want to feel),” Addington explained.

A successful businesswoman who has garnered an array of local media attention through her assortment of endeavors, Addington’s seminars have included mostly standing-room-only crowds, considering she’s practically sold out every workshop and class this year.

Amongst the reasons is that Addington’s I Can’t Coaching Life Coaching Certification Class, It’s My Money And I Want It Back, Marketing & Branding, B.Y.O.B. “Build Your Own Business Workshop, and Iron Sharpens Iron Mastermind workshops have proven beneficial to countless of individuals — a trend that, in turn, has only enhanced her entrepreneurship repertoire in the process.

Much to her delight, Addington was especially complementary of Tony Robbins and Lisa Nichols for their valiant support of her business-related success, considering she’s made favorable strides as apart of their tribes, she acknowledged.


“Since I was good building businesses, this is how it has become my specialty,” Addington said. “Helping people build businesses, finding ways to save money in their businesses, finding where they were losing money, and even helping save a few businesses from closing its doors. I’ve spent over 3,075 hours of studying coaching and business building. I’ve helped over 105 businesses get started.”


And here’s what’s even more astounding: Addington is believed to be the first African-American woman to open a Life Coaching School in a Tri-State area that’s comprised of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Also, I Can’t Coaching Life Coaching School is the only institution of its kind in the Tr-State area.

A first-generation college graduate, Addington is a Master Certified Professional Life Coach, who is widely known for specializing is helping people build six-figure businesses.

Having put her entrepreneurship mechanics on display in such places as Tennessee, Arkansas, Washington D.C., California, Chicago, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and even as far as Africa, Addington said her business venture accommodates those who exemplify a passion for helping people to become better version of themselves, particularly those who boasts aspirations in selected industries such as education, fitness, finances, etc..

“I help them take their vision from paper to profit, etc….making money in their sleep or, perhaps, while they are awake” she said.

A White Station High School graduate, Addington advanced her education at Southwest Tennessee Community College before graduating with honors from Grand Canyon University.

She is an accomplished Master Certified Professional Life Coach, an achievement that has greatly afforded her the golden opportunity to thrive mightily in her profession.

On October 5, Addington will host what is known as the “Secrets To Marketing Your Business To Six Figures” seminar during which she will enlighten the masses more about her unique business-related concepts.


MORE ON TOY ADDINGTON: https://www.icclifecoachingcertification.com/

A business-related entity that has given way to Addington reaping a considerable amount of sustained success, this progressive and thriving businesswoman announced that her first book in presently in the works and will be centered largely on empowering people on how to stay self-motivated, as well as how to acquire more positive energy. By all accounts, this would be done by a rather intriguing formula Addington describes as “M+M=M,” which means Mind+Mood= (Money, mood, man, mellow, marvelous, mother etc.).

Having put her entrepreneurship mechanics on display in such places as Tennessee, Arkansas, Washington D.C., California, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and even as far as Africa, Addington said her business venture accommodates those who exemplify a passion for helping people to become better version of themselves, particularly those who boasts aspirations in selected industries such as education, fitness, finances, etc.


TEN-NES-SEE DA SUCCESS 

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — A White Station High School graduate, Addington advanced her education at Southwest Tennessee Community College before graduating with honors from Grand Canyon University. She is an accomplished Master Certified Professional Life Coach, an achievement that has greatly afforded her the golden opportunity to thrive mightily in her profession.

“I’ve always been competitive,” Addington said. “It started at the age of four when I became a majorette. I’ve been the captain of every squad I’ve ever been on. My drive comes from being a teenage mom and being on my own since the age of 15.”

Fortunately for this thriving and progressive Mid-South businesswoman, she hasn’t merely looked back since she was blessed to have strategically connected with the purpose for which she was created.

All the while steadfastly going to great lengths to make Memphis proud.


For more information on Mid-South-area Businesswoman Toy Addington, to inquire about business-related opportunities, or to inquire about speaking engagements, call 901.800-9083, or connect with her via her Facebook Fan Page under: I Can’t Coaching Life Coaching School or via Instagram under: I Can’t Coaching. Also, send email to: Info@icantcoaching.com.


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

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

Memphis entrepreneur Tiffany Roberts believed to be second black woman to own a security firm


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


TEN-NESSEE THE DREAM

HARVEST SEASON UNFOLDING — Surely, Memphian Tiffany Roberts, a single mother of four (Dyllon 15, Jayden 12, Ean 9 and Journi 19 months), won’t find herself stressing any longer, especially if her newly-erected Maximum Protection Agency LLC security company manages to become a fixture throughout the Mid-South and the Tri-State area.

Memphian Tiffany Roberts found herself on the right side of history on Friday.

Before her hundreds of social media followers, Roberts announced that she has delved off into the ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship.
“Well, it’s official. I own my own security company and the best is yet to come,” Roberts wrote in a Facebook post that subsequently generated nearly 500 likes and a slew of congratulatory comments. “No more stressing.”
Surely, Roberts, a single mother of four (Dyllon 15, Jayden 12, Ean 9 and Journi 19 months), won’t find herself stressing any longer, especially if her newly-erected Maximum Protection Agency LLC security company manages to become a fixture throughout the Mid-South and the Tri-State area.

“In my business, this is not law enforcement, but I look at it as a step closer,” Roberts, 35, told Making Headline News late Friday night. “I like the fact that I can help others gain the experience and knowledge about security and law enforcement. I believe that for some it, it is just the beginning if they would like to further their career.”

According to Roberts whom, in recent months, has done some extensive research on African-American women who own similar businesses, she said she is believed to be only the second U. S.-born woman to have become the owner and CEO of a security company.

According to a report at http://financialjuneteenth.com/n-one-security-first-ever-black-woman-owned-security-firm-offering-security-services/, Atlanta’s Mary Parker of All-N-One Security is the first ever black woman to own a security firm, a company that currently employs more than 200 hundred workers.

STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM — For Roberts, it seemed that law enforcement has always grasped her interest, something she said has proven beneficial to her starting a security firm. Prior to starting Maximum Protection Agency, Robert was a district manager for a local security company, during which she acquired an array of knowledge in her selected industry.

For Roberts, a Memphis Kirby High School graduate who holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Remington College, while she’s admittedly appreciative of the public’s reaction in the wake of her newly-established business, she’d be the first to admit to that she’s now has shifted her focus to something much bigger.

“I’m driven by change,” said Roberts, who’s approximately five months away from earning her undergraduate degree. “I have worked, quit a few jobs, and I did not like the operations. I always find things that could be better and always saw how I would implement things to make them better.”

Much to her delight and to her distinctly unique credit, she’s done just that, having put in the essential work, coupled with having met the necessary requirements, all of which have greatly enabled her to fulfill her long-awaited dream as an entrepreneur.

“Daily I would say to myself, ‘Be the change that you want to see,’” Roberts said. “I have always been a go-getter and just needed the extra push from people. Knowing what you want is just a thought until you’re really tired and something has to give. I always knew that I was a boss and I pushed myself until I believed it.”

A company that is headquartered in Memphis, Roberts is presently devising ways to set up branches in every U. S. state.


HISTORIC MILESTONE 

According to Roberts whom, in recent months, has done some extensive research on African-American women who own similar businesses, she said she is believed to be only the second U. S.-born woman to have become the owner and CEO of a security company.

Interestingly, Roberts deemed it essential to issue a notable reminder to other single mothers, particularly those whom, like her, aspire to make their dreams a reality.

“My mission is to show single mothers and other minorities that we are more than just workers,” Roberts said. “If you have dreams, believe in yourself and help them come true.”

For Roberts, it seemed that law enforcement has always grasped her interest, something she said has proven beneficial to her starting a security firm.

Prior to starting Maximum Protection Agency, Robert was a district manager for a local security company, during which she acquired an array of knowledge in her selected industry.

It wasn’t much longer thereafter that she decided to “branch off and do my own thing,” she said.


“I believe that people should do what they love doing,” Roberts said. “My mission is to bring about a change in the community. Turning on the news and seeing crime (in the Mid-South) grow, I know that running from my city will not help change the situation. But I know that raising my children here, I have to change the things around them so that they can have hope.”


Aside from being an ambassador in her native establishment, more than anything, she’s destined to continue to set an example for her children, Roberts emphasized.

For Roberts, a Memphis Kirby High School graduate who holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Remington College, while she’s admittedly appreciative of the public’s reaction in the wake of her newly-established business, she’d be the first to admit to that she’s now has shifted her focus to something much bigger.

“I have to show my children that their mom went after her dreams and left a legacy for them,” said Robert, who also said that while expanding her company, a book is on the horizon. “So my mission is to be the best mom that I can be for them.”

Well said by this thriving, progressive single mother of four whom, to her credit, has found herself on the right side of history.


For more information about Mid-South-area Businesswoman Tiffany Roberts of Maximum Protection Agency LLC, or to inquire about becoming a customer, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/tiffanysorite.roberts. Also, send email to: maximumprotectionagency@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 businessman/author Tony Jackson’s new book blossoms into forthcoming movie

MEMPHIS MADE

DALLAS — Tony Jackson just keeps on making major strides.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACTION JACKSON 

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

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

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

 

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


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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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Atlanta-area businesswoman Verna V. Nickelberry functioning fervently in her ‘God taught’ endeavor

GOD-ORDERED STEPS 

DESTINY STEPS — Currently of a resident in the Atlanta area, Verna V. Nickelber is owner and chief executive officer of VeMaShe Enterprise LLC, her up-and-coming media company whose featured entity is product is ODINARY PEOPLE Magazine (or OPM), which went into full operations in 2008.

DALLAS — With all due respect to Verna V. Nickelberry, she essentially had it wrong.

Consider, for instance, when during a weekend interview with Making Headline News, Nickelberry, whose family is originally from Mississippi, spoke about her strong ties to Memphis.

“We moved to Memphis when I was five years old, Nickelberry said. “So Memphis is all I know. It’s home.”
Wrong.
With all due respect to Nickelberry, while she has an immeasurable connection to Memphis, credit her remarkably compelling strides as a notable businesswoman as being arguably the pivotal factor that has given way to her attracting more of a national presence through her endeavors.

OH TASTE AND SEE 

THIS IS THE LORD’S DOING — Although Nickelberry is pretty adamant that her publication essentially “found me,” amongst the things about which she’s thoroughly convinced is that her flourishing enterprise undoubtedly has been endorsed by God.

Currently of a resident in the Atlanta area, Nickelberry is owner and chief executive officer of VeMaShe Enterprise LLC, her up-and-coming media company whose featured entity is product is ODINARY PEOPLE Magazine (or OPM), which went into full operations in 2008.

In addition to running the day-to-day operations of her business, Nickelberry is an accomplished writer, having authored two books: “He Wrote The Script…Just Follow It!: Applying Biblical Principals for Entrepreneurial Success” and “Blue Skies & Green Grass: A 30 Day Affirmation Journal.”

Also, she were amongst 14 women who collectively wrote the book entitled, “Cultivating Your It Factor: 14 Must Haves  To Discover, Define and Refine Your Signature Brand.”

Though her venture accommodates people of all ages and ethnic groups nationwide, Nickelberry emphasized she’s especially blessed to have been afforded the golden opportunity to bask in the glory of her God-given element.

Her children’s book, “The Adventures Of KayKay” will jumpstart a 12-book series and is scheduled to be released this summer, she said.

“I wish I had a great story for you, but the truth is my business found me,” Nickelberry said.

With all due respect once again, Nickelberry — displaying a such resiliency and poise as only she could — certainly has an inspiring story to tell, considering VeMaShe Enterprise emerged courtesy of a rather unique combination that’s comprised of her name as well as the names of her two sons, which intriguingly means “family, unite, and love.”

“I’m wanting to create a family company that my son would work at,” Nickelberry said of her business venture, which has been in existence for approximately 10 years.

Although Nickelberry is pretty adamant that her publication essentially “found me,” amongst the things about which she’s thoroughly convinced is that her flourishing enterprise undoubtedly has been endorsed by God.

MAKING MAJOR STRIDES — With all due respect to Nickelberry, while she has an immeasurable connection to Memphis, credit her remarkably compelling strides as a notable businesswoman as being arguably the pivotal factor that has given way to her attracting more of a national presence through her endeavors.

“It is an assignment — a vision — from God which took place in 2005, but was not birth until 2008,” Nickelberry explained. “We’ve been at it for 10 years.”

And what a memorable decade it has been for this progressive, thriving businesswoman, who doesn’t shy away from the notion that God is the Focal Point of a company whose best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

Interestingly, Nickelberry’s magazine is widely known for hosting an annual business prayer breakfast, as well as its annual OPM Servant Awards, an event that customarily honors individuals, non-profit organizations, and corporations, particularly for their valiant contributions to communities.

This year’s OPM Servant Awards are scheduled for  September 20 in nearby Conyer, Georgia.

In addition to running the day-to-day operations of her business, Nickelberry is an accomplished writer, having authored two books: “He Wrote The Script…Just Follow It!: Applying Biblical Principals for Entrepreneurial Success” and “Blue Skies & Green Grass: A 30 Day Affirmation Journal.”

“We also give out a life time achievement award,” said Nickelberry, alluding to her event’s The Sylvester Bowens Life Time Achievement, which is named in honor of her father.

Though her venture accommodates people of all ages and ethnic groups nationwide, Nickelberry emphasized she’s especially blessed to have been afforded the golden opportunity to bask in the glory of her God-given element.

“I enjoy the freedom doing what I love,” Nickelberry said. “OPM is an inspirational magazine, so we get to share the word of God and some great testimonies of God’s miracles and blessings. This is actually one of the segments in the magazine.”

With all due respect once again, Nickelberry, displaying a such resiliency and poise — certainly has an inspiring story to tell, considering VeMaShe Enterprise emerged courtesy of a rather unique combination that’s comprised of her name as well as the najes of her two sons, which intriguingly means “family, unite, and love.”

Although Nickelberry admittedly was reluctant to go into business for herself, she’s overwhelmingly giddy she had ultimately answered God’s Voice by exercising her faith in ways unimaginable. “I answered the call from God and, nevertheless, I moved forward,” Nickelberry said with a smile. “I’m God taught.”

And, for that reasons, Memphis isn’t all she knows.

With all due respect to this talented, gifted businesswoman, she’s fully persuaded that even while walking fervently in her divine purpose, the best is yet to come.

“If I can but inspire one person while I’m on my daily journey, I would have done my part in bring a smile to someone’s face and joy to their heart,” Nickelberry said.

Capping off a brilliantly, empowering story, one she sensed she never had to tell.

But God Whom, much to her delight, had the final say.


For more information about Atlanta-area Businesswoman Verna V. Nickelberry, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 901.949.3409 or connect with her via social media at:

http://facebook.com/vernavnickelberry; http://linkedin.com/in/vnickelberry; http://www.pinterest.com/vemashe2opm08; http://twitter.com/Vnickelberry; http://instagram.com/vemashe.


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Dr. Tresie Lopez’s The Counselor Café becoming a fixture in Memphis, surrounding areas


Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (Philippians 2:3 KJV)


GOD’S LEADING LADY

MEMPHIS MADE — A native of Memphis who has strong ties to New Delhi, India, Dr. Tresie Menise Lopez, 48, is owner and CEO of The Counselor Café Ministries, a Mid-South area institution where she specializes in behavioral therapy, grief bereavement counseling, and marriage and individual counseling.

DALLAS — Dr. Tresie Menise Lopez’s ministerial track record is such that she’s accustomed to esteeming others highly than herself.

Heck, as far as she is concerned, that is what Christian-based counseling is all about.

“The competitive drive in life propelled me for my business venture knowing I am providing help to those who seek a balance with a healthy lifestyle for themselves as well as their families,” Lopez told Making Headline News this week.

A native of Memphis who has strong ties to New Delhi, India, Lopez, 48, is owner and CEO of The Counselor Café Ministries, a Mid-South area institution where she specializes in behavioral therapy, grief bereavement counseling, and marriage and individual counseling.
WALKING IN HER CALLING — Much to her delight, Lopez’s sustained success — both in ministry and in her profession — have come full circle throughout the years, in large part because of her solid supporting cast.

In addition, Lopez functions as a motivational speaker, all the while engaging in spiritual leadership, as well as a wedding official and premarital counselor.

An accomplished minister who’s widely known as “Pastor Tresie Lopez,” her kingdom-based achievements have garnered a national presence, in large part because Lopez’s ministerial contributions have been put on display in a variety of establishments — most notably Sikeston, Missouri, Nashville, Mason, Tennessee, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Santa Rosa, California, Dalton, Georgia, Columbus, Mississippi, Olive Branch, Mississippi, Tunica, Mississippi,  Collierville, Tennessee, Germantown, Tennessee, Springville, Missouri, and her native establishment of Memphis.

Dr. Lopez’s ministerial track record is such that she’s accustomed to esteeming others highly than herself.

“My personal mission is to provide spiritual counseling and leadership to those who seek help from a license counselor and ordained minister,” Lopez said.

Much to her delight, her sustained success — both in ministry and in her profession — have come full circle throughout the years, in large part because of her solid supporting cast.

For what it’s worth, Lopez credits her father, the late Albert C. Rushing — “May he rest in peace,” she said — her mother Beatrice Rushing, her sons, Julious J. Thomas and Joc Lopez, as arguably the notable individuals who have contributed mightily to her quest to full the purpose for which God created her.

“And of course my husband,” said Lopez, paying homage to her beloved companion, Rogelio Lopez.


DESTINY STEPS 

NATIONAL PRESENCE — An accomplished minister who’s widely known as “Pastor Tresie Lopez,” her kingdom-based achievements have garnered a national presence, in large part because Lopez’s ministerial contributions have been put on display in a variety of establishments — most notably Sikeston, Missouri, Nashville, Mason, Tennessee, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Santa Rosa, California, Dalton, Georgia, Columbus, Mississippi, Olive Branch, Mississippi, Tunica, Mississippi,  Collierville, Tennessee, Germantown, Tennessee, Springville, Missouri, and her native establishment of Memphis.

To her credit, Lopez is certainly armed with the immeasurable skills, which have greatly enabled her to reach her destiny, courtesy of her present calling.

A 1990 graduate from Hillcrest High, Lopez completed her undergraduate studies from Phoenix State University.

She also earned a Master of Science Degree in Pastoral Counseling from the Missionary Chaplain and Seminary in Hemet, California.

A business that went into full operations in 2002, Lopez’s The Counseling Cafe is widely known for strategically providing help, particularly for urban communities in Memphis and surrounding areas.


For more information about Mid-South-area Minister/Businesswoman Tresie Menise Lopez, or to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 901-969-4546 or connect with her via Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/PastorTresieLopez/. Also, send email to: tresielopez@yahoo.com.


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Daughter of Memphis Pastor receives double transplant, erases memory of 22-year-long battle with kidney failure, diabetes

DALLAS — One single phone call over the weekend had ultimately given way to Ivory Jackson Sr.’s daughter, Tamara, violating traffic laws for all the right reasons.

Surely, he didn’t seem to mind.

“She drove 94 (miles per hours) all the way to Jackson,” Jackson Sr., during an interview Tuesday morning with Making Headline News, said, alluding to his daughter’s three-hour commute from Memphis to the capital of Mississippi.


MISSISSIPPI MIRACLE 

DADDY’S LIVING MIRACLE — During a phone call from the University of Mississippi Medical Center Friday evening, Ebony — who was in dire need of kidney and pancreas translates, or a “double transplant,” according to her father — learned that perfect matches had been cited for both, news that jumpstarted her life’s long-awaited comeback.

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Tamara Jackson had gone nearly 25 miles above the speed limit for an extended period of time, look no further than the challenging, sometimes tempestuous occurrences involving her sister, Ebony Jackson.

At the tender age of 10, Ebony was diagnosed with kidney failure. As if that wasn’t enough to send shock waves throughout her family, she was also diagnosed as a Juvenile Diabetic Type 1.

According to a report at https://www.mayoclinic.org/, this type of diabetes is a condition in which a child’s body no longer produces an important hormone (or insulin).

BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER — At the tender age of 10, Ebony was diagnosed with kidney failure. As if that wasn’t enough to send shocks waves throughout her family, she was also diagnosed as a Juvenile Diabetic Type 1.

As a result, the child would customarily need insulin to survive and would have to replace the missing insulin. Also, Type 1 diabetes in children is commonly known as “juvenile diabetes,” or “insulin-dependent diabetes.”

Type 1 diabetes in children, in fact, requires consistent care. However, advances in blood sugar monitoring and insulin delivery have improved the daily management of the condition.

For Ebony Jackson, 33, her diagnosis, which lasted a little more than two decades, had come to what appeared to be a ceremonious end over the weekend.

During a phone call from the University of Mississippi Medical Center Friday evening, Ebony — who was in dire need of kidney and pancreas translates, or a “double transplant,” according to her father — learned that perfect matches had been cited for both, news that jumpstarted her life’s long-awaited comeback.


FAITH ON TRIAL 

GOD’S CO-PILOT — One single phone call over the weekend had ultimately given way to Ivory Jackson Sr.’s daughter, Tamara, violating traffic laws for all the right reasons. “She drove 94 (miles per hours) all the way to Jackson,” Jackson, during an interview Tuesday morning with Making Headline News, said, alluding to his daughter’s three-hour commute from Memphis to the capital of Mississippi.

“I felt like I was floating. My thoughts are still all over the place, as are my emotions,” Ebony wrote in an 8:52 a.m. CST Facebook post before her 1,300-plus social media followers on Saturday. “But I do know that God answered my prayers.”

He didn’t just answer the fervent prayers of this courageous, yet sometimes animated PK — or Pastor’s Kid, according to those in the church world — but that Ebony underwent surgery the next day, during which she was the beneficiary of a new kidney and pancreas essentially had given way to a testimony service orchestrated by her father Sunday morning within the walls of the church her grandfather founded nearly 50 years ago.

“I guess God had something to do with the timing of it,” Ivory Jackson Sr., the Senior Pastor of Memphis’ Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ, said, alluding to his daughter’s surgical procedure that took place the day before his father’s 83rd birthday and 12 days before what would have been his mother’s 84th birthday. “The call happened on Friday as far as making preparations. The transplant happened on Saturday, and I wanted to get to church on Sunday to bring back good news.”


SEASON OF THE REBIRTH 

THE ROMANS 8:37 AFFECT — God didn’t just answer the fervent prayers of this courageous, yet animated PK — or Pastor’s Kid, according to those in the church world — but that Ebony underwent surgery the next day, during which she was the beneficiary of a new kidney and pancreas essentially had given way to testimony service, of sorts, unfolding Sunday morning within the walls of the church her grandfather founded nearly 50 years ago.

For Jackson Sr., it was the kind of “good news” that ironically seemed synonymous to the sermon he had given hours after returning from Jackson. The topic: “What’s In Your Heart?”

For what it’s worth, it’s safe to assume his daughter whom, months leading to her double transplant, had kept her social media followers abreast of her journey, already answered such an inquiry long before her father had posed the question to his congregation.

Having described his daughter as a “fighter” much like her late grandmother, Lottie Jackson, who passed away in October 2012, Ebony’s surgical breakthrough comes a little more than 22 years after her unlikely diagnosis.

FAMILY FOCUS — For what it’s worth, it’s safe to assume his daughter whom, months leading to her double transplant, had keep her kept her social media followers abreast of her journey, already answered such an inquiry long before her father had posed the question to his congregation.

Because God was working diligently behind the scenes on her behalf, this wasn’t merely a proverbial Catch 22, mind you. If nothing else, the dramatic sequence of events surrounding Ebony’s condition is a testament of how she has steadfastly kept God the Focal Point during her immeasurable, yet sometimes stormy journey.

For her valiant efforts, coupled with her bend-but-don’t-break faith, she was finally able to erase of the memory of a two-plus-decade-long affliction, which could have potentially given way to a premature death.

But God…

LOTTIE’S LOOKING DOWN FROM HEAVEN — All that matters at this point, really, is that Ebony, whose drawn much comparison to her late grandmother, underwent successful surgery and is on the road to recovery. Jackson posed for a postgame photo with former Oklahoma City Thunder and current Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant in 2013.

“I was very excited and it was actually surreal to me,” said Ivory Jackson Sr., recalling his immediate reaction after fielding a phone call late Friday night from Ebony, who shared with him the good news surrounding her condition. “I was in the middle of a business transaction and was about to stop and go (take her myself.)”


It wasn’t long after the phone call for which Ebony had desperately waited that she began to prepare to make the three-hour trip down Interstate 55 to Jackson.

Then came Tamara, Jackson Sr.’s other daughter whom, to her credit, not only replaced her father in the driver seat, but she put the pedal to the metal in relatively unorthodox and speedy fashion.

Never mind that she deemed it essentially to violate a few traffic laws in the process.

All that matters at this point, really, is that Ebony — whose spiritual music talents have drawn much comparisons to her late grandmother — underwent successful surgery and, for good measure, is on a much-anticipated road to recovery.


OKCOMEBACK FOR THE AGES

DESTINY STEPS — For her valiant efforts, coupled with her bend-but-don’t-break faith, Ebony was finally able to erase of the memory of a two-plus-decade-long affliction that could have potentially given way to a premature death. But God…

What a memorable journey it was, as evidenced by the good news her father disclosed before his congregation Sunday morning.

“The people told her to go ahead and pack her bags, because she wouldn’t have to wait long,” said Jackson Sr., whose daughter was added to the Mississippi transplant waiting list  roughly two months ago. “My daughter called (Friday night) and was crying. This was the best news I have ever heard.”

So much for that 94-mile-per-hour drive down I-55 for what unequivocally has emerged as the Mississippi Miracle.


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Arkansas author Urica Ray conquers her ‘valley and dry place’ experiences, writes a life-changing book


But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (1 Peter 5:10 KJV)


DALLAS — Urica Ray fielded the question as if she expected it.

“I’m glad you asked,” Ray, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, recalling when God had given her the vision to assemble her new book. “I actually started writing the book on March 7, 2015.”

After having spent the next three years or so brainstorming, Ray officially began composing “Unveiling The Mask: After The Pain” in November 2018.

A RAY OF BLESSINGS 

WELCOME TO YOUR NEW SEASON — Even while trying to reinvent herself and rediscover her God-given worth during her time in the wilderness, God began to reveal to Mid-South author Urica Ray her strategic assignment through her book entitled, “Unveiling The Mask: After The Pain.”

By month’s end, her awe-inspiring masterpiece was all but complete and, much to her delight, it has been nothing short of remarkable.

As Ray explained, the prelude to writing her book arose amid her turbulent season, one she describes as a “valley,” or as she puts it more plainly, her time in what she deems refers to as the “dry place.”

“And I couldn’t understand that dry place but it had to happen,” Ray said without hesitation. “At this particular time, I felt like a baby in an incubator, fighting for my life. You know, a baby in an incubator is waiting on the physician to come and see about him or her, and that’s how I felt. I felt like I was in an incubator, waiting on God, waiting to see, hear, and waiting on a touch from Him.”


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STANDING OVATION — Since the release of “Unveiling The Mask: After The Pain,” the feedback, as expected, has been favorable for the most part, Ray said.

As Ray had ultimately discovered, it was time in that figurative — or spiritual — incubator that proved to be a defining moment, of sorts, particularly as it pertains to this Jonesboro, Arkansas-area author stepping out on faith even when it seemed her faith was bleak.

In fact, even while trying to reinvent herself and rediscover her God-given worth during her time in the wilderness, God began to reveal to Ray her strategic assignment through “Unveiling The Mask: After The Pain.”

Because after all, amongst the notable factors she’s grasped is that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

In a nutshell, it’s safe to assume that God had a divine purpose for this devout woman of faith even while being confined to that spiritual incubator.


“The message I want the people to know and see is that God’s hand is not too small. Sometimes, the valley place is our blessed place. We have to go through the valley in order to get to the promise.” — Author Urica Ray 


BUT GOD — As Ray explained, the prelude to writing her book arose amid her turbulent season she describes as a “valley,” or as she puts it more plainly, her time in what she deems refers to as the “dry place.”

Since the release of “Unveiling The Mask: After The Pain,” the feedback, as expected, has been favorable for the most part.

“The feedback (has been) amazing from the readers, and some were emotional just to see the lives of people gaining strength, hope, and faith,” said Ray, adding that a second book undoubtedly is forthcoming, although a specific timeframe has yet to be determine.

A graduate of Jonesboro’s Life Coach School of Arkansas (or LCSA), Ray is certified life coach, author, the wife of a military veteran, as well as a devoted mother and grandmother.

WOMAN OF MANY HATS — A graduate of Jonesboro’s Life Coach School of Arkansas (or LCSA), Ray is certified life coach, author, the wife of a military veteran, as well as a devoted mother and grandmother.

As for her itinerary, Ray announced that she has a few life-coaching events scheduled for some time in April. Also, will appear on Jonesboro’s KLEK 102.5 F.M. in the coming months, during which she and other LCSA authors will discuss a variety of stories and other topics.

Given all through which she’s overcome, Ray doesn’t shy away from the notion that God has strategically set her aside for His use.


THUS SAID THE LORD…

“The purpose God created (me) is in His word in Jeremiah 1:5 that says: “Before I formed you, I knew you; before you were born I set you apart,’” Ray said. “And that part of the scripture says enough, letting me know that His plans are not like man, so therefore, my book was not created for me, but for someone who will cross the same path as I.”

What a difference a season in that figurative — or spiritual — incubator has made.


For more information about Jonesboro, Arkansas-area Author Urica Ray, 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/GraceandMercyRay. Also, send email to: abrightersmileforyou@gmail.com.


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