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Collierville offensive lineman Kendarius Malone’s mother writes him an open letter as he lobbies for football scholarship

MEMPHIS — Kendarius Malone can be appropriately described as an opportunistic student athlete.

STOCK RISING — Aside from helping steer the Collierville High to a third place finish in the always rugged 6A Region 7 district, Kendarius Malone enjoyed a resourceful, yet crucial senior season which, to his credit, had given way to at least one college thrusting him under its radar. According to the 17-year-old Collierville native, Mid-South Conference member Kentucky Christian University has expressed interest in Malone, who earned All-Region Honorable Mention for his valiant contributions.

Consider, for instance, how Malone, who recently wrapped up his prep football tenure for Collierville High, had gone about doing the necessary things to enhance his stock as he continues to lobby for a full ride scholarship.

A 6-foot, 260-pound left tackle, Malone made appearances — thus made his presence felt — this past spring and summer during camps at the University of Memphis, Belhaven College, Austin Peay State, not to mention the Team USA Camp.

“In the Team USA Camp, I made it to the final round to be able to play for the United States,” an enthused Malone told Making Headline News this week. “However, I had to withdraw so that I would not lose my eligibility to play for my senior year because of TSSAA rules.”

Although Malone didn’t savor the chance to showcase his football mechanics for his country, his immeasurable body of work, nevertheless, undoubtedly was nothing short of impressive.

For starters, he was the catalyst his senior campaign for a Collierville team that finished the season with a 5-6 overall record, but still managed to advance to the opening round of the TSSAA state playoffs.


EYE OF THE DRAGON

SOMEONE SIGN THIS KID — Malone, who recently wrapped up his prep football tenure for Collierville High, had gone about doing the necessary things to enhance his stock as he continues to lobby for a full ride scholarship.

Aside from helping steer the Dragons to a third place finish in the always rugged 6A Region 7 district, Malone enjoyed a resourceful, yet crucial senior season which, to his credit, had given way to at least one college thrusting him under its radar.

According to the 17-year-old Collierville native, Mid-South Conference member Kentucky Christian University has expressed interest in Malone, who earned All-Region Honorable Mention for his valiant contributions.

“I would say that I had an excellent season,” Malone said.

Much to Malone’s delight, no can attest to how great a season he enjoyed more than his mother, Jennifer Bogan.

ALL AMERICAN IN HIS OWN RIGHT — A 6-foot, 260-pound left tackle, Malone made it appearance — thus made his presence felt — this past spring and summer during camps at the University of Memphis, Belhaven College, Austin Peay State, not to mention the Team USA Camp.

Hours after the Collierville’s team banquet Monday night, Bogan took to her Facebook page, where she assembled an open letter to her son in relatively loving, emotional fashion.

Said Bogan in a spirited, tear-jerking, early morning post that was made public before her nearly-400 social media followers:


Congratulations to Kendarius on a wonderful time at the CHS football banquet. You didn’t receive the top award that you wanted, but baby, the champion lies within your heart. You fought a great battle, and to even see last night happen and for that, there is no trophy, certificate, banner, or plaque worthy enough to symbolize how blessed you are after all that you have been through. You didn’t lose sight of your dreams and didn’t lose your faith in seeing your senior football season happen! Your story is still unfinished. The reason of this path is still unknown, but what we do know is there is purpose behind every situation! The thing I love about you is no matter what, you have not gotten discouraged and still hours later, you looked on to what’s getting ready to happen in the next chapter and the next doors that’s opening, and for that I’m sooo proud of you! Again, congratulations on the award you did receive…keep going and keep having the heart of a champion in all the things you do…with God, ALL things are possible!!! Mama loves you! 


Talk about an encouraging, open letter for the ages — this from a mother whom, years ago, didn’t sense her son would become engaged in athletics.

“I never thought that Kendarius would play football, because he was never interested in sports growing up,” Bogan, a Pharmacy Technician Supervisor at Baptist Memorial Hospital, said. “He was in the shadows of his older brother’s basketball teams, being the water boy. I never thought he would play football until he started his eighth year at First Assembly Christian School and the coaches kept begging him to play and told me that they see so much potential in him.

HOLDING IT DOWN — Malone was the catalyst his senior campaign for a Collierville team that finished the season with a 5-6 overall record, but still managed to advance to the opening round of the TSSAA state playoffs.

“However, I didn’t think anything of it and had said ‘No’ to him playing football until one day he came home with pads, and a consent form.”

Malone, as Bogan recalled, was 14 years old at the time.

A little more than three years removed from having come home with a consent form to play competitive football, Bogan’s son now finds himself just one National Letter of Intent signing away from attending college free of charge.

What a difference having initially assumed the role as a water boy has made.

When asked what kind of player will a college be inheriting if he’s offered a football scholarship, Malone said, “A player that is passionate about the game of football… (one who is) ready to learn and be taught how to excel at the college level, a player that is open to all possibilities, and one the will give 110 percent on every snap and every down.

That, after all, practically sums up why he can be appropriately described as an opportunistic student athlete.


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Mid-South entrepreneur Coral Harris-Thomas’ Snatch Me Now venture creating a national presence

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Honey, let Coral Harris-Thomas tell ya…

“When I first put my garment on, I was waiting to see what it was gone do for me,” Harris-Thomas, a Mid-South-area businesswoman, said in a rave review of her products at https://snatchmenow.com/.  “It felt good, it looked good, and my stomach was flat. Oh, but when I looked in the mirror…I’m trying to tell you, I was amazed at how I had just dropped three dress sizes. My posture was straight, and when I walked, it felt as if the garment was carrying me.”

Some pretty remarkably compelling comments by an accomplished businesswoman, who has become a fixture for the internationally-acclaimed venture that is Snatch Me Now.

YOU GO GIRL!!! A business that has become ever-so-popular, in large part because of its body shapers, undergarment, and women’s clothing, Coral Harris-Thomas’ Snatch Me Now specializes largely in helping woman enhance their overall beauty.

A business that has become ever-so-popular, in large part because of its body shapers, undergarment, and women’s clothing, Snatch Me Now specializes largely in helping woman enhance their overall beauty.

Harris will be hosting an event on October 6 at 12:30 p.m. CST, during which she will promote her products. This assembly will take at Home2 Suites by Hilton Memphis-Southaven, located at 6750 Southcrest Parkway in Southaven, Mississippi in the DeSoto Room.

Snatch Me Now’s featured product, at least at this particular time Harris-Thomas told Making Headline News this week, is the Rebirth Body Shapers.

“We also offer Coral’s Cosmetics, too,” said Harris-Thomas, introducing the product that bears her name.

MORE ON CORAL HARRIS-THOMAS: https://snatchmenow.com/

A STEP ABOVE THE REST — A business that has become ever-so-popular, in large part because of its body shapers, undergarment, and women’s clothing, Snatch Me Now specializes largely in helping woman enhance their overall beauty.

Interestingly and much to her delight, it’s seems that Harris-Thomas was built to delve off into the world of entrepreneurship, in large part because, well, it’s in her bloodline.

“I am a fourth-generation entrepreneur, so I am competitive by nature, because I have been around business owners all of my life,” said Harris-Thomas, a doctoral candidate at Cambridge (Massachusetts) College, who also boasts a wealth of experience in the education sector.

Demonstrating a servant’s heart through her business venture is especially vital, Harris-Thomas acknowledged, in part because she’s afforded the golden opportunity to enrich and impact someone’s life, all the while helping to enhance their beauty in the process.

C’MON, Y’ALL, C’MON — What’s even more intriguing is that Harris-Thomas’ Snatch Me Now venture is committed to snatching people from various walks of life — young and old.

“I like the fact that I am helping others the most (through) my business,” Harris-Thomas said. “When women put on the garment, their confidence increases. When the ladies get made up, they light up like Christmas trees.”

What’s even more intriguing is that Harris-Thomas’ Snatch Me Now venture is committed to snatching people from various walks of life — young and old.

“My business caters to people of all ages,” Harris-Thomas said. “My daughter is 11 years old and she is my youngest client. Today, my oldest client is 81 years old.”

Talk about having a monumental impact, courtesy of a booming business that has allowed this progressive, thriving businesswoman to put her immeasurable entrepreneurship skills on display in a variety of places around the country, most notably in Minnesota, Alabama, Texas and, of course, her native home state of Tennessee.

“I have been to a lot of places, because the makeup line division was started by my mother when I was five years old,” Harris-Thomas, the No. 1 sales distributor for the month of August for Rebirth Body Shapers, explained. “My mother was a traveling vendor, so I traveled across country with her every summer.”

Surely, it’s safe to assume that Harris-Thomas has gone to great lengths to ensure that her assortment of business ventures savor sustained success.

Just as her mother taught her years ago.

HEART OF GOLD — Demonstrating a servant’s heart through her business venture is especially vital, Harris-Thomas acknowledged, in part because she’s afforded the golden opportunity to enrich and impact someone’s life, all the while helping to enhance their beauty in the process.

“My mission is to snatch up ask many ladies as I can to help them enhance their natural beauty,” said Harris-Thomas whom, aside from her mother (the late Cora Barley Harris) was greatly inspired by Rebirths CEO Dorothy Cook to pursue her dreams as an entrepreneur.

“They are both strong black women that are great leaders,” Harris-Thomas said.

To her credit, Harris-Thomas is especially grateful of the notion that she’s afforded the notable task of instilling in her daughter the same life-enhancing qualities she acquired from her beloved mother.

So honey, let her tell ya…

“Women go through some much on a daily basis, so it is important to me to uplift as many women as I can on a daily basis,” Harris-Thomas said. “It makes me feel like I am walking in my purpose.”

Just as the late Cora Barley Harris had envisioned all along.

For more information about Mid-South-area Businesswoman Coral Harris-Thomas or to inquire about her Snatch Me Now products or other services, call 901-493-9030. Also, send email to: coralaharris@aol.com.


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Memphis CBU graduating senior Kiereka Banks to her mother: ‘I knew I could not fail her’

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTE TO GRADUATES TRIBUTES 2018

 

In the coming days, Kiereka Vernecia Banks is about the find herself on the right side of history.

There’s at least one awe-inspiring reason why. 

TEN-NES-SEE HISTORY UNFOLDING — For Kiereka Vernecia Banks, that her grandfather, the late Edward, Johnson, Sr., wasn’t merely afforded the educational opportunities she has enjoyed throughout the years undoubtedly has served a colossal motivational force this college honor student, who will reach arguably the grandest milestone of her life when she earns her degree from Memphis’ Christian Brothers University on May 12.

“I feel excited and blessed to be here. I am someone who’s the granddaughter of a man who came to Memphis with only a third grade education and worked as a sanitation worker during the Civil Rights Movement,” Banks told Making Headline News during its annual Salute To Graduates Tributes.

For Banks, that her grandfather, the late Edward, Johnson, Sr., wasn’t merely afforded the educational opportunities she has enjoyed throughout the years undoubtedly has served a colossal motivational force for this college honor student, who will reach arguably the grandest milestone of her life when she earns her degree from Memphis’ Christian Brothers University on May 12.

A native Memphian and 2014 graduate of Memphis Central High School, Banks, 22, will be awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, a feat that will come nearly a decade since the death of her grandfather.

DESTINY STEPS — As Banks explained, she knew full well that long before she graduated from Central High with honors, it was her responsibility to do the necessary things to earn a scholarship, considering college education cost seemingly skyrockets at the blink of an eye.

Johnson, Sr. died on June 18, 2008 after a brief battle with prostate cancer. He was 88.

“To be receiving my degree from Christian Brothers University…it’s unbelievable,” Banks said. “My family paved the way for this, and to see it happening, I am overjoyed.”

That Banks is about to inherit a college degree shouldn’t come as surprise to anyone, especially considering she enrolled at CBU on an academic scholarship, an achievement that had ultimately given way to her manufacturing a cumulative grade point average of 3.46 in the process.

BACK WHERE IT ALL STARTED — “When I decided to move back home after my second year, I lost a scholarship and refused to take out any loans,” Banks recalled. “And she was there, paying the money with no questions asked. She and I went through this process together, taking (into account) that I will be first out of my siblings to graduate college. But we learned the ropes together, which is why I continually tell her this degree is for us.”

Interestingly, Banks doesn’t shy away from the notion that her sustained academic success wouldn’t not have come to fruition if not for a solid supporting cast that was spearheaded by her mother, Kimberly Banks whom, according to Kiereka Banks in a recent Facebook post, stepped in to rescue her daughter during her college tenure at a time she needed it the most.

“When I decided to move back home after my second year, I lost a scholarship and refused to take out any loans,” Banks recalled. “And she was there, paying the money with no questions asked. She and I went through this process together, taking (into account) that I will be first out of my siblings to graduate college. But we learned the ropes together, which is why I continually tell her this degree is for us.”

MOM KNOWS BEST — Interestingly, Banks doesn’t shy away from the notion that her sustained academic success wouldn’t not have come to fruition if not for her solid supporting cast that was spearheaded by her mother, Kimberly Banks whom, according to Kiereka Banks in a recent Facebook, stepped in to rescue her daughter during her college tenure at a time she needed it the most.

Surely, there’s a good chance that tears will be shed this Mother’s Day weekend when Banks’ name is called to shake hands with CBU’s president on stage, where she will receive her diploma.

Tears that, in all likelihood, will flow from the eyes of both Banks and her mother, a 1990 graduate of Memphis Northside High.

“My relationship with my mom is everything to me,” Banks said. “She’s literally my best friend. Without her, I don’t know where I would be. She’s here for me when I need to vent, pray, or laugh. She’s there any time of day or night. We are almost one in the same, especially (considering) that our birthdays are just four days apart.”

COMING OUT PARTY — A native Memphian and 2014 graduate of Memphis Central High School, Banks, 22, will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing nearly a decade since the death of her grandfather.

As Banks explained, she knew full well that long before she bolted Central High with honors, it was her responsibility to do the necessary things to earn a scholarship, considering college education cost seemingly skyrockets at the blink of an eye.

“Ever since I was in high school, I knew I had to make a way,” Banks said. “I knew my mom couldn’t afford to send me to college, so I had to strive to get the high GPA and ACT scores. Once I was in college and saw the sacrifices she was making for me, I knew I couldn’t fail her. This wasn’t just about me anymore it was about us. She has always given her all to my siblings and me. I just want to put myself in the position to try and repay her for all that she’s done.”

While she’s likely racking up on Kleenex for what figures to be an emotional weekend when she shows up for her daughter’s college graduation, Kimberly Banks…well…on second thought, perhaps she can appropriately assess what has surely been a challenging, yet sometimes rocky journey, one that’s accompanied by a feel good story.

A FEW BLOCKS AWAY — Next up for her daughter: It’s off to graduate school this fall at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she will pursue dual degrees in JD/MBA.

“No words could ever describe how proud I am of my daughter,” Kimberly Banks, a mother of three, said. “With all of her achievements, she has always looked to me to give her hope in what she believed.”

All things considered, Banks’ mother would be the first to admit that the motivation she passed along to her daughter was indeed reciprocated.

“I think she pushed me to go hard, not giving up when she wanted to,” Kimberly Banks said.

Which, after all, practically explains why tears are almost certain to spill out of the eyes of both Banks and her mother hours before Mother’s Day 2018 arrives.

DESTINED FOR GREATNESS — That Banks is about to inherit a college degree shouldn’t come as surprise to anyone, especially considering she enrolled at CBU on an academic scholarship, an achievement that ultimately gave way to her manufacturing a cumulative grade point average of 3.46 in the process.

Next up for Banks: It’s off to graduate school this fall at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she will pursue dual degrees in JD/MBA.

“My grandmother, Vernice Johnson, also played a major role in my success,” Banks said. “From buying me a television for my dorm room, to feeding me when I couldn’t take school food any longer but, most of all, for uplifting me in prayer and speaking my success into existence. Honestly my entire family…aunts, uncles, and cousins have been a part of my journey and I am so thankful. I love you all.”

Especially good ole grandpa, a Civil Rights pioneer in his own right whom, in all likelihood, will be peeping through the clouds from heaven this weekend — all the while putting to good use a few Kleenex just like his daughter.

 

 

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Throng of worshipers expected to turn out for Pastor Emeritus Bishop Andrew Jackson, Sr.’s Inaugural Celebration

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DALLAS — Retired Memphis Pastor, Bishop Andrew Jackson, Sr., is about to find himself on the right side of history.

Once again.

“I’m a first generation COGIC member,” Jackson, Sr. told Making Headline News this week.

All things considered, it is because of Jackson, Sr.’s unparalleled authority since his ministry joined the fifth largest Christian church in the U.S. that will, in all likelihood, earn mentions when an expected capacity crowd descend upon Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ for his Glorious Inaugural Celebration Service on Friday, April 20 at 7 pm CST in Memphis.  

Powered by the Tennessee Fourth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, the service is free and open to the public. 

On November 13, Jackson, Sr. was officially consecrated to the Episcopal Office of Auxiliary Bishop of the COGIC during its 110th Holy Convocation in St. Louis.

WELL DONE — All things considered, it is because of Bishop Andrew Jackson, Sr.’s unparalleled authority since his ministry joined the fifth largest Christian church in the U.S. that will, in all likelihood, earn mentions when an expected capacity crowd descend upon Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ for his Glorious Inaugural Celebration Service on Friday, April 20 at 7 pm CST in Memphis.  (Photo Credits: James Norman/Sharon Jackson)

While many sense that his forthcoming observance is long overdue and should have taken place long before his ceremonious retirement in June 2016, Jackson, Sr., meanwhile, undoubtedly is looking forward to what figures to be a memorable night within the walls of the church he founded nearly five decades ago.

All while basking in the glory of being thrust on the right side of history.

“Well, I think for a number of reasons,” said Jackson, Sr., 82, when asked why he senses this latest milestone is so intriguing. “First of all, I’m not a longtime COGIC member. I’m not deeply rooted (in the denomination).”

FOLLOW FAITH TEMPLE MINISTRIES COGIC: https://www.ftmc.us/

“He’s (been) working the office of a Bishop all along as 1 Timothy tells us,” Jackson, Sr.’s wife, Shirley Jackson, said during a November 2017 interview with Making Headline News. “He’s birthed a lot of pastors out of his church and he was the husband to one wife for 58 years.”

Located at 5191 Elvis Presley Boulevard in South Memphis — less than a mile from the Mississippi state line — Faith Temple Ministries became affiliated with COGIC in 1992 after having been a non-denomination institution for a number of years.

Prior to becoming what Jackson Sr.’s describes as “an independent,” Faith Temple was a member of the historic Mobile, Alabama-based Church of God Pentecostal denomination for 17 years.

“I’ve only been a part of COGIC since 1992. It’s not always that a first generation Pastor who goes to the highest office in the church,” Jackson, Sr., a native of Grady, Arkansas, said. “It’s usually the third or fourth generation people who achieve that goal. I’m a first generation (Bishop), so I’m appreciative of that.”

Although he’s nearly two years removed from having called it a career, Jackson, Sr. said amongst the notable factors he finds intriguing is that his wealth of pastoral experience, coupled with his current role as an Administrative Assistant to Tennessee Fourth Jurisdiction Prelate, Bishop Jerry L. Maynard, will greatly afford him the opportunity to continue being an immeasurable asset to the church.

“I think I can bring something to the organization with 47 years of pastoral experience,” Jackson, Sr. said.

GOD’S PLANOn November 13, Jackson, Sr. was officially consecrated to the Episcopal Office of Auxiliary Bishop of the COGIC during its 110th Holy Convocation in St. Louis.

Come April 20, hundreds of worshipers are expected to turn out at Jackson, Sr.’s Whitehaven community-based church to pay homage to him for his valiant contributions to the Body of Christ.

“I expect to see my family and friends come together and have a grand celebration of my consecration,” Jackson, Sr. said. “I just look forward to seeing them. I will forever be grateful to my church for their support, not only for this particular occasion, but throughout the years.”

A trend that, in the coming days, will be highlighted by him basking in the glory of being thrust on the right side of history.

Once again.

 

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Andre T. Johnson is Founder/Publisher & Editor In Chief of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former sports reporter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson is the former chief adjutant to Bishop Andrew Jackson, Sr. of Faith Temple Ministries Church of God In Christ. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

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Memphian Shelandra Ford boasts a huge home field advantage as she lobbies for her first political seat

MEMPHISShelandra Ford is a Memphian.

Born and raised to be technical.

A proud product of North Memphis — the same historic district that has witnessed countless of inner city individuals savor sustained success — Ford attended Shannon Elementary, Cypress Jr. High, and Frayser Kingsbury High Schools before enrolling at nearby Bethel University.

HER TIME IS NOW — A native Memphian and a longtime Shelby County Government employee, Shelandra Ford will be afforded the golden opportunity to add to her quest to assume Register of Deeds in the coming election May 1. The early voting period is from April 11-26.

“I have been here with the people of Shelby County throughout our struggle,” Ford, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said while recalling her upbringing in her native establishment.

For what it’s worth, Ford had deemed it essential somewhere along the way to demonstrate to the citizens of Memphis that she is destined to become an even greater ambassador for a city that is in dire need of change, particularly from a political standpoint.

“It is time to make a change,” Ford has said with such authority time and again on her Facebook page in recent weeks.

It is, by all accounts, because the Memphis-metropolitan area is longing for an array of favorable changes that Ford has announced her quest to assume the Shelby County Register of Deeds seat in the upcoming election.

“Hey, friends and family, I need your support,” Ford said in social media post last week. “I’m the only minority candidate for the Register of Deeds Office.”

If Ford is fortunate enough to attract a majority of the African-American votes when all of the area precincts report their final figures on May 1 (the official election date) then, chances are, she will emerge victorious after vying for her very first political seat on this, the first attempt for the Shelby County Democratic candidate.

The early voting period is from April 11-26.

“Claiming my office,” Ford wrote in a Facebook post just after midday CST on Tuesday.

FIRST PLACE, FIRST TIME — If Ford is fortunate enough to attract a majority of the African-American votes when all of the area precincts report their final figures on May 1 (the official election date) then, chances are, she will emerge victorious after vying for her very first political seat on her first attempt.

In her quest to claim Register of Deeds, she will undoubtedly need thousands of fellow Memphians to help steer her to victory by showing up in massive numbers at the polls in the coming weeks.

If nothing else, amongst the things on which Ford can surely hang her hat is that she’s armed with some much-needed home field advantage, of sorts, as Election Day 2018 looms.

For starters, Ford is currently a Principal Court Clerk for Shelby County Government Civil Court.

In addition, she’s responsible for allocating what is known as an even workflow, during which she customarily interacts with various department managers to ensure that work is completed efficiently and in a timely manner.

A Shelby County Government tenure that spans nearly two decades, Ford’s professional stint officially began on May 21, 1998, during which she served as a Clerical Specialist for the Shelby County Health Department.

LEAST SHE FORGET — Displayed is one of Ford’s favorite quotes, one that was uttered by iconic Civil Rights giant, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To her credit, Ford advanced and worked diligently in several departments for the government, most notably when she was appointed by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners to the Shelby County Unified Personnel Policy Committee as Employee Representative.

DONATE TO SHELANDRA FORD’S CAMPAIGN HERE: https://www.gofundme.com/shelandra-ford-register-of-deeds

AWWWWWW —- Ford’s beloved grandchildren.

Interestingly, Ford is the owner and chief executive officer of the Mid-South-area Creative Graphic Designs, Inc.

As for her quest to assume the Register of Deeds Office, Ford provided the citizens of Shelby County with a strategic, effective synopsis of her notable policies that will include, among other things:

  • Ensuring that any additional IT investments made by the taxpayers of Shelby County are well spent and that her Access for All initiative is her No. 1 priority.
  • Forming a community-based engagement task force that will appropriately explain in great detail the paperwork processes for the Registers Office
  • Working diligently with other Clerk Offices and community groups to ensure all fees are collected for the sole purposes of benefiting taxpayers and,
  • Ensuring that the Register’s Office Staff will have an advocate before the Board of Commissioners, particularly when it comes to wage increases, as well as a strong advocate for ensuring every customer of the Register’s Office is met with respect and treated with dignity.

WHERE IT ALL STARTED — Ford’s mother.

“Again, these are just a few things Ms. Shelandra Ford will implement upon being sworn in on Sept. 1,” a spokesperson for Ford’s campaign told Making Headline News.

Oh, and let’s not forget what Ford appropriately outlined as her assortment of “campaign goals,” which include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Being an advocate for the Shelby County community.
  • Building better communication between the Deeds Office and the people of Shelby County.
  • Creating new, innovative ideas to help educate, empower, and enliven the Shelby County community and,
  • Improving efficiency of database information and providing customer friendly options for filing private documents. 

CAST YOUR VOTE — All things considered, if things go her way during what is shaping up to be an intense campaign for this proud and beloved Memphian, many of Ford’s supporters believe she could very well deny all odds, thus emerge as the next Shelby County Register of Deeds.

All things considered, if things go her way during what is shaping up to be an intense campaign for this proud and beloved Memphian, many of Ford’s supporters believe she could very well deny all odds, thus emerge as the next Shelby County Register of Deeds.

“She’s truly a public servant,” said a spokesperson for Ford’s campaign.

A repetitive catchphrase that, to her credit, has been uttered by Shelby County Government for nearly the past two decades.

Which, fortunately for Ford as she lobbies for her first political seat, is just the kind of unyielding support she needs as she enters this jam-packed race with some much-needed homefield advantage.

Talk about a change for the better for a city she’s pleading to work together.

 

MEMPHIAN SHELANDRA FORD AT A GLIMPSE:

  • Principal Court Clerk with Shelby County General Sessions Civil Court
  • Shelby County Unified Personnel Policy Committee Employee Representative
  • Civil Service positions within Shelby County since 1998
  • “JUST SAY YES” Youth Empowerment Program
  • Owner of Creative Graphic Designs Inc.
  • Kingsbury High School Graduate
  • Bethel University (Class of Summer 2018)
  • Member of Christ In You Faith Temple

 

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

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

 

 

Barack Obama Gala highlights three public appearances this week for political candidate Shelandra Ford

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the coming days, Making Headline News will release the official in-depth news feature story on Memphian Shelandra Ford, a Shelby County Democratic candidate for the Register of Deeds in the May election.

 

Just after 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, Shelandra Ford took to her Facebook, where she deemed it essential to enlighten her nearly 5,000 social media affiliates of some pertinent information.

Hey friends and family, I need your support,” Ford wrote in a post. “I’m the only minority candidate for the Register of Deeds Office!”

That Ford is lobbying for a political seat for the very first time, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s destined to go to great lengths to ensure that Mid-Southerners become acclimated with her name as well as how she could greatly benefit them in 2018 and beyond.

A native Memphian and a longtime Shelby County Government employee, Ford will be afforded the golden opportunity to add to her quest to assume Register of Deeds this week with three public appearances throughout the Memphis metropolitan area.

Her first of three appearances will take place on Thursday during the Coffee Hour With Democratic Women. The event, which will take place at 9 a.m. at 2625 Broad Avenue, will recognize the Democratic women who are making history in the May primary in Shelby County.

Then on Saturday, Ford is scheduled to make two public appearances during what undoubtedly is shaping up to be a busy campaign for this Mid-South-area businesswoman.

From 1 to 4 p. m. CST, Ford will join other candidates for a Meet And Greet involving local candidates who are running for County, State, and nationwide elections.

The event, which is powered by Tennessee Nurses Association District 1 and the League of Women Voters of Shelby County, will take place at the University of Memphis’ University Center Ballroom, during which the candidates will be introduced by WREG TV News Anchor Greg Hurst.

Later that evening, Ford will be on hand for the Third Annual Barack Obama Gala hosted by Shelby County Young Democrats.

Formerly called the Barack Obama Day Dinner, this event will take place from 6 to 10 p. m. CST at The Guest House at Graceland, located at 3600 Elvis Presley Boulevard.

A black-tie fundraising event that is geared toward honoring the inspirational legacy and professional contributions of Obama, the nation’s 44th President, the gala will be comprised of a formal dinner, during which guests are invited to enjoy an engaging presentation of honors to young political contributors and senior Democratic advisors.

The event will also have a keynote speaker and curated entertainment.

More than anything, Ford is hopeful that through these forthcoming public appearances, she acquires the essential exposure needed as she prepares to kick her campaign into high gear in the coming weeks.

“As a candidate for Shelby County 2018 election, I feel that it is necessary and also important to attend the meetings and greetings and also political forums in my area,” Ford told Making Headline News on Wednesday. “Because this would allow me the opportunity to deliver a political message and increase the visibility of other candidates as well as my opponents for the (upcoming) election.”

 

 

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

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

 

Accomplished Mid-South businessman Oginga Carr: ‘It is my destiny to help 10,000 people achieve their dreams’

Earlier this week, Oginga Carr was asked why it is imperative that he esteem and inspire others daily.

To his credit, Carr fielded the question as if he expected it.

MAKING MAJOR STRIDES — Much to his delight, Oginga Carr has evolved as an efficient and resourceful businessman, most notably through Epiphany Consulting LLC, a Mid-South-area company that is widely regarded as an organizational structure venture that customarily helps with coaching and consulting for businesses and individuals so that they could appropriately find compliance and clarity.

“Without inspiration, there is no life,” Carr said during an interview with Making Headline News this week. “We need to be not only inspired, but edified.  When we edify one another we grow.  I really don’t care about your what or your why. I care about your how.  We help people find their how.”

Indeed he does.

Carr, in fact, has evolved mightily as an efficient and resourceful businessman, most notably through Epiphany Consulting LLC, a Mid-South-area company that is widely regarded as an organizational structure venture that customarily helps with coaching and consulting for businesses and individuals so that they could appropriately find compliance and clarity.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas who has been dubbed “One of America’s Top Trainers,” according to various media pundits in a detailed description of Carr’s venture at http://www.ogingacarr.com/, Carr doesn’t shy away from the notion that Epiphany Consulting is unique, in large part because human resources is something we all need.

“Our unique proposition is that we offer you help at developing structure in your organization and your life,” said Carr, whose immense entrepreneurship track record spans a little more than a decade. “Many times business owners are great at a skill, but aren’t very good at the business.”

NATIONAL PRESENCE — A native of Little Rock, Arkansas who has been dubbed “One of America’s Top Trainers,” according to various media pundits in a detailed description of Carr’s venture at http://www.ogingacarr.com/, Carr doesn’t shy away from the notion that Epiphany Consulting is unique, in large part because human resources is something we all need.

For what it’s worth, this is where Carr’s progressively effective business comes into play.

A proud of alum of Little Rock Parkview High School — where the former multi-sport athlete lettered in football, basketball, and baseball — Carr also is an accomplished author, a national seminar leader, as well as an organizational structure expert and consultant.

Interestingly, this Henderson State University graduate is armed with roughly 17 years of experience in sales, management, and Human Resources.

“His passion is in the dynamic of change…dealing with it, working through it, and preparing for it,” said a spokesperson in a detailed description of Carr and his venture at http://www.ogingacarr.com.

Not only that, Carr’s professional resume is solid and diverse, considering he has worked in the telecommunications, flooring, and print industries. For those reasons, he has been appropriately labeled a “serial entrepreneur,” of sorts.

Carr’s primary focuses are geared largely on productivity through structure and human capital development, and he has trained tens of thousands of HR professionals in approximately 49 U. S. states.

Which, much to his delight, is mostly befitting, considering Carr has even had a hand in functioning as a magazine publisher, radio and television show host, not to mention having assumed the role as executive director of a non-profit foundation, among other capacities.

Moreover, Carr’s primary focuses are geared largely on productivity through structure and human capital development, and he has trained tens of thousands of HR professionals in approximately 49 U. S. states.

CHECK OUT OGINGA CARR’S FORTHCOMING EVENTS HERE: www.idialive.com 

“My mission is to develop more clarity, content, and consistency in our lives,” Carr said. “If we are clear about our goals, then content of those goals are achievable and we can be consistent in our actions. We can be successful in our lives.”

REMARKABLE TRACK RECORD — Carr’s professional resume is especially diverse, considering he has worked in the telecommunications, flooring, and print industries. For those reasons, he has been appropriately labeled a “serial entrepreneur,” of sorts.

Carr credits the bulk of his success as a thriving businessman to his father, whom he said was undoubtedly one of the biggest inspirations in his life.

Though Carr’s father passed away in 2007, he acknowledged that “he lives with me every day in my actions. He believed that we are a family related by affinity, if not through consanguinity.”

“That means that people who are striving to achieve goals in life are related by their love and passion to improve, even if they are not related by blood,” Carr added. “I welcome all Dream Achievers to my family.”

There is, by all accounts, a valid reason for which Carr essentially has rolled out the figurative red carpet to those who aspire to connect with him.

LISTEN TO HIM — “Our unique proposition is that we offer you help at developing structure in your organization and your life,” said Carr, whose immense entrepreneurship track record spans a little more than a decade. “Many times business owners are great at a skill, but aren’t very good at the business.”

“We live by a hashtag, #teamcrushingit,” Carr said. “That means that we are crushing those obstacles that are in front of us.  We are getting to our goals faster than we thought we could.  We are crushing life.”

In the foreseeable future, Mid-Southerners — Memphians in particular — will be afforded the golden opportunity to learn more about Carr and Epiphany Consulting in a trio of informative events:

  • I Dream I Achieve: The Business Blueprint.  This event is geared toward developing the mindset and the business structure to succeed in business.  “It is the best business development conference in the Mid-South,” Carr said. “We develop events that are all about giving you the skills that you need to be great.”
  • DAD KNEW BEST — Though Carr’s father passed away in 2007, he acknowledged that “he lives with me every day in my actions. He believed that we are a family related by affinity, if not through consanguinity.”

    The Breakthrough Accelerator Bootcamp. “This event is all about accelerating those breakthroughs in your life,” Carr said. “In that event, we celebrated the rebirth of your dreams. How can we cultivate those dreams and be ready to be great?”

  • The Limitless Summit.  “This event is all about creating a limitless life and limitless business,” Carr explained. “What are the keys to living limitless?  We develop those there.”

Also, Carr announced that two new events are presently in the works: Limitless Summit in Fort Worth, Texas and the IDIA Mastermind Retreat in Mexico, where attendees will engage in a five-day experience, during which they will, as Carr said, make those quantum leaps in our lives.

“It is my destiny to help 10,000 people achieve their dreams in 2018,” Carr said. “We are helping people achieve those dreams through products, events, coaching, and consulting, and we are so happy about the outcomes.”

 

For more information about Mid-South-area businessman Oginga Carr, connect with him via social media under: “Oginga Carr.” Also, send email to: Oginga@ogingacarr.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 Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Memphis-area businessman Tony Jackson enjoying sustained success on Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape.

MEMPHIS — For a young businessman, Tony Jackson has quickly made a monumental impact on the Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape.

Mid-South-area Businessman Tony Jackson

Credit his immeasurable, thinking-outside-the-box temperament as the No. 1 reason why.

A native of Memphis, Jackson’s business-related track record is such that he’s been nothing short of brilliant, most notably as a managing member for Mobile2UTech, which is powered by Arlington Computers, LLC.

“We have just changed the name to Mobile2UTech to ensure customers that we service all of the Mid-South and not just Arlington,” Jackson told Making Headline News during an interview this week.

Mobile2UTech has two drop-off locations in the Memphis-metropolitan area: 12029 Mott Street in Arlington and 4717 Poplar Avenue at Cartridge World. 

TEN-NES-SEE HIS MAJOR MOVES — A native of Memphis, Tony Jackson’s business-related track record is such that he’s been nothing short of brilliant, most notably as managing member for Mobile2UTech, which is powered by Arlington Computers, LLC.

A business that went into operations in 2005, Mobile2UTech is widely known for operating in the ever-so-competitive computer and software stores industry, particularly within the equipment store sector.

For Jackson, 34, a 2002 graduate of Raleigh Egypt High, he brings a wealth of experience to Mobile2UTech, in large part because of his solid entrepreneurship background.

A business that went into operations in 2005, Mobile2UTech is widely known for operating in the ever-so-competitive computer and software stores industry, particularly within the home furniture, furnishings, and equipment stores sector.

During the infancy stages of his career, for instance, Jackson acquired what he labels his “initial bug for entrepreneurship” from longtime Mid-South-area restaurant owner David Sharek, for whom Jackson once worked.

“He taught me leadership and customer service,” Jackson said of his notable connection with Sharek. “David also helped me make gains at an early age in the stock market.”

So much, in fact, that the restaurant owner aided Jackson mightily in that this young businessman had ultimately found himself on the good right end of Google stock at approximately $250 per share, he recalled.

“Once I saw earnings roll in, I needed the ability to invest by volume,” Jackson said. “And the quickest way to earn dollars was business ownership.”

For what it’s worth, one favorable connection for Jackson had eventually given way to another.

And another one.

And another one.

And…well, you get the point.

MUCH NEEDED TIP-IN — During the infancy stages of his career, Jackson acquired what he labels his “initial bug for entrepreneurship” from longtime Mid-South-area restaurant owner David Sharek, whom Jackson once worked for.

“Now, as far as computers in general, I attribute those dealings to Janet Blue, who was at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Memphis (or TCAT). Kevin Woods told me the importance of buckling down and getting certified. The original owner was Mike McDonald. Shay Berthelson was the guy who introduced me to Mike,” Jackson explained.

Such pivotal connections had ultimately given way to Jackson being offered ownership approximately one year since becoming affiliated with Arlington-based  business, a development that eventually led to yet another golden opportunity when Jackson bought out McDonald’s interest at 100 percent in 2013, thus becoming the sole owner.

AWWWWWW — Aside from his remarkable connections, Jackson credits a majority of his success to Monica Jackson, his wife of 11 years. The couple has two children: their son, Brennan, and daughter, Bailey.

“My personal mission is just to be valued,” Jackson said of his sustained entrepreneurship success. “I love the feeling of helping someone in their time of need.”

Because after all, reaching back and helping others isn’t just the moral thing to do. More than anything, it’s priceless, Jackson hinted.

“I say often that success to me is not money,” Jackson said. “Success to me is to be valued by everyone I come in contact with. Therefore I am successful.”

After graduating from Raleigh Egypt, Jackson advanced his education at nearby Tennessee College Of Applied Technology, a development that, much to his delight, led to him being thrust amongst Emerging Leaders of Memphis, during which he received Comp Tia Certifications from New Horizons.

For Jackson, 34, a 2002 graduate of Raleigh Egypt High, he brings a wealth of experience to Mobile2UTech, in large part because of his solid entrepreneurship background.

Aside from his remarkable connections, he credits a majority of his success to Monica Jackson, his wife of 11 years. The couple has two children: their son, Brennan, and daughter, Bailey.

Interestingly, Jackson has become an ambassador throughout the Mid-South business-related landscape.

He has shared of his success during a host of entrepreneurship summits and classes, most notably Rise Foundation at National College of Business and Technology, Southwest Tennessee Community College, and SEED CO Entrepreneurship, among others.

In addition, his valiant contributions to aspiring entrepreneurs have given way to wave of media attention for Jackson whom, given the strides he’s made in recent years, it’s safe to assume that he’s just starting to warm up on this, the Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape.

“I think it’s imperative that I inspire others, because I feel that everyone deserves their shot at greatness,” Jackson said. “You will achieve whatever you say you will. You just have to keep at it. I also feel that we are called by God to be a light to everyone. And just maybe someone will see Christ through me by my actions, and seek Him for all their answers in life.”

Spoken like a thriving, progressive, humble young businessman, one who has quickly made a monumental impact on the Mid-South-area entrepreneurship landscape.

Credit his immeasurable, thinking-outside-the-box temperament as the No. 1 reason why.

 

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

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12029 Mott Street, Arlington, Tennessee 38002

 

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

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

 

Mid-South businesswoman Yolanda Morris recalls father’s legacy through his 50-plus years as owner of historic Memphis landmark

Just before 4 o’clock Thursday evening, Yolanda Morris took to her social media page and staged a rather thought-provoking Biblical passage.

Said Morris via Facebook in a post that was accompanied by Philippians 4:8:

PIECE OF MEMPHIS HISTORY — Memphian Yolanda Morris served for years as the sssignment manager for Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli, a tradition-rich and beloved Memphis-based business her father, the late Laddie Morris, Jr., had owned for more than five decades until his death last year.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -think about such things.

By and large, credit Morris, a Mid-South-area businesswoman, for deeming it essential to share before the masses an awe-inspiring, yet familiar passage.

“I love meeting people and serving people,” Morris told Making Headline News during an interview this week.

That to which Morris is alluding is during her tenure as assignment manager for Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli, a tradition-rich and beloved Memphis-based business her father, the late Laddie Morris, Jr., had owned for more than five decades until his death last year.

A business that was located at 10601 Macon Road in the heart of Northeast Memphis, Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli was a fixture for years and, given the reactions to Morris’ social media posts, it’s safe to assume that many Memphians miss this establishment.

A business that was located at 10601 Macon Road in the heart of Northeast Memphis, Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli was a fixture for years and, given the reactions of Morris’ social media posts, it’s safe to assume that many Memphians miss this establishment.

“Miss this (place) so much,” Mid-Southerner Beth McFarlin said of Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli via Facebook. “Classic landmark with the kindest people and the best BBQ.”

Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli opened in 1967, approximately a year prior to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in downtown Memphis.

The business effectively ceased operations in March 2017 following the death of Morris’ brother.

LEAST THEY FORGET — All things considered, Morris and her family are steadfastly clinging to an array of fond memories by way of their father’s legacy and the business he built and shared with so many others for more than five decades.

“My (dad’s) son passed in March and, because of his death, my dad decided to close,” said Morris, whose father passed away at the age of 73 five months later.

All things considered, Morris and her family are steadfastly clinging to an array of fond memories by way of their father’s legacy and the business he built and shared with so many others — near and far for more than five decades strong.

LASTING IMPRESSION — Much to Morris’ delight, people are still talking out the historic Bluff City landmark that was once Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli.

“Word of mouth had gotten people from everywhere to come and eat with us,” Morris said. “From Nashville to Detroit.  From Detroit to Denver. When you taste (our food), you’d talk about it.”

Much to Morris’ delight, people are still talking out the historic Bluff City landmark that was once Morris Grocery Barbecue And Deli.

“My dad began this business 50 years ago to bring more money into the home, to take the best care of the house with his wife, Kathryn, and four children: Toney, Yolanda, Wanda, and Jacqueline.”

 

 

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

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

 

 

Longtime Memphis cosmetologist Velinda Humphreys ‘paying it forward’ through her new monthly promotion

Every time Velinda Hudson Humphreys turns around, God just keeps on blessing her.

GIVING BACK BIG TIME — The proud owner and CEO of Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare, Memphian Velinda Humphreys had become inspired some time ago to launch a promotion that would benefit her clients, particularly elderly customers. Humphreys will be offering free hair service through a monthly promotion, she told Making Headline News this week.

And, as a result, she deems it essential to pay it forward.

A Mid-South-area professional cosmetologist whose notable career spans more than 25 years, Humphreys has become a fixture in this ever-so-competitive and evolving industry, especially in her native establishment of Memphis, where individuals becoming engaged in cosmetology undoubtedly is one the market’s most popular trends.

That, after all, is amongst the reasons Humphreys, the owner and CEO of Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare, had become inspired some time ago to launch a promotion that would benefit her clients, particularly elderly customers.

Humphreys will be offering free hair service through a monthly drawing, she told Making Headline News this week.

The promo will involve Humphreys collecting names through the first 10 days of each month, then drawing a winner approximately five days later. The winner will be the beneficiary of basic services, not including chemicals or braids

The promo will involve her collecting names through the first 10 days of each month, then drawing a winner approximately five days later.

The winner will be the beneficiary of basic services, not including chemicals or braids, Humphreys said.

“Because every one can’t afford to go out to get their hair styled,” said Humphreys, when asked why she initiated the promotion.

By and large, the passion for what she’s adopted as a professional hair stylist plays a major role for wanting to give back to those in her community, Humphreys said.

A business that essentially is in its infancy stages, Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare is a mobile beauty salon designed to service elderly individuals as well as those who are unable to leave the confines of their homes and visit salons the traditional way.

Humphreys’ mobile salon is especially ideal for handicapped and individuals with special needs.

BUSINESS ON THE MOVE — A business that essentially is in its infancy stages, Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare is a mobile beauty salon designed to service elderly individuals as well as those who are unable to leave the confines of their homes and visit salons the traditional way.

“I enjoy what I do, and want to make everyone aware of my services,” Humphreys, a Memphis Hamilton High graduate, said. “Plus it’s my way of giving back. This is my first (year for the promotion), but it will be annually… once a month for the entire year. All it cost me is time.”

As far as Humphreys is concerned, every little bit of time counts, even when one pays it forward.

“Everyone is not as fortunate as others,” Humphreys said. “I’m not where I want to be either, but I can do something to put a  smile on the face of others. That makes me happy as well. I don’t have much to offer, but I can offer my time.”

 

A VELINDA HUMPHREYS RELATED STORY:

https://makingheadlinenews.com/2017/03/23/memphis-businesswoman-velinda-humphreys-new-mobile-beauty-salon-figures-to-become-a-popular-mid-south-trend/

 

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

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