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Is Oklahoma businessman Carlos Morrison the beard growth industry’s best kept secret?

DON’T FEAR DA BEARD 

MAKING MAJOR MOVES — Tulsa, Oklahoma entrepreneur Carlos Morrison ceremoniously launched Ebony Rise For Men in 2016, a credible product that was created primarily for men who struggle with beard growth and basic skin care regimes.

DALLAS — In case you don’t know him, Carlos Morrison would like to introduce himself.

A resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Morrison, 32, earlier this year was deemed a keynote entrepreneur through Black Upstart.
In addition, he was named Oklahoma 40-and-under 40 in Business & Marketing in 2018, during which he successfully created business profits for hundreds of individuals that same year.

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As if those notable accolades aren’t enough to turn heads, Morrison ceremoniously launched Ebony Rise For Men in 2016, a credible product that was created primarily for men who struggle with beard growth and basic skin care regimes.

Specifically created for ethnic men ages ranging in ages 18 to 65 — most notably those with coarse, curly, or oily facial hair — Morrison’s Ebony Rise For Men can customarily be applied virtually every day, thus growing consumers’ beard up to as much as two-to-four inches, as mentioned at https://ebonyriseformen.com/erlg.

Having joined Russell Brunson’s Inner Circle in 2015, Morrison told Making Headline News during a weekend interview that he deemed it especially necessary to start his own business, in large part because of numerous failed attempts to grow his beard.


“I created (Ebony Rise For Men), because I was unable to grow facial hair and, after becoming bald, I wanted something to keep up with my look,” said Morrison, whose fledging business venture is supported mightily by a gallery of supporters, most notably his wife, Chephon Morrison.


When all else failed, Carlos Morrison acknowledged, it was time he aggressively step out on faith by strategically executing the unlikely trend of, well…stepping out of faith.

Specifically created for ethnic men ages ranging in ages 18 to 65 — most notably those with coarse, curly, or oily facial hair — Morrison’s Ebony Rise For Men can customarily be applied virtually every day, thus growing consumers’ beard up to as much as two-to-four inches, as mentioned at https://ebonyriseformen.com/erlg.

Much to his delight, it wasn’t long thereafter that miraculously Morrison came up with a project that, to his credit, is making a strong case to have what this young entrepreneur hopes is a global impact.

It seems he’s well on his way to reaching such a milestone.

“I tried many products, but still struggled with patches and dryness,” Morrison, a licensed CDL Class A truck driver, explained.

Not to be outdone, though, this entrepreneurship guru had gone as far as to implement the essential result, a trend he didn’t shy away from until he reaped the favorable results he so desperately sought.


LET’S RISE UP

“(My products) have been used by individuals across the U.S. and in the Bahamas and Mexico,” Morrison said. “The purpose is to help men feel more confident and to help them take care of their beards the proper way with natural products manufactured in the U.S.”

“I looked up ingredients that would solve issues and formulated an oil with those ingredients that promoted hair growth,” Morrison, a former Marketing student at the University of Illinois at Springfield, recalled.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

When all else failed, Carlos Morrison acknowledged, it was time he aggressively step out on faith by strategically executing the unlikely trend of, well, stepping out of faith.

Fortunately for Morrison, Ebony Rise For Men has been on the rise for three years. And counting.

Interestingly, Morrison’s invention is steadily making its presence felt, particularly outside of the United States.

“(My products) have been used by individuals across the U.S. and in the Bahamas and Mexico,” Morrison said. “The purpose is to help men feel more confident and to help them take care of their beards the proper way with natural products manufactured in the U.S.

“I tried many products, but still struggled with patches and dryness,” Morrison, a licensed CDL Class A truck driver, explained.

“My goal is to inspire men of color who really needed a product designed specifically them that they can have a great routine that produces amazing results.”

To his credit, he’s doing just that, all the while having a constant global impact in the process.


For more information on Tulsa, Oklahoma-area Businessman Carlos Morrison of Ebony Rise For Men, connect with him via email at: myebonyrise@gmail.com. Also, following him on Instagram at: EbonyRiseOnline.


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Dallas/Fort Worth author Chrystal Castillo witnesses a glimpse of God’s glory through her new book


We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1 KJV)


AFFIRMATION OF FAITH 

PURPOSED FOR PAIN — A book that was officially released in early-May, Dallas/Fort Worth-author Chrystal D. Castillio spent the past couple of years assembling a book she admittedly wrote during what was a was “a very difficult season” of her life.

LEWISVILLE, Texas — Chrystal Castillo is certainly one of a kind, is surely a unique, godly woman in her own right.

Consider, for instance, how Castillo is appropriately described in her brief bio on her personal website.

As mentioned at https://www.chryscastillo.com/, Castillo has been widely deemed a “catalyst,” or someone who doesn’t blend in with cultures or trends, but aims to cause reactions in environments that would change the conditions of the energy, mindsets, and lifestyles of those around her.

How befitting for a Christian-based author, who also doesn’t shy away from the notion that it is because of the abundant life that Christ came to give us that will, in turn, provide us with the spiritual — and natural — affirmation we need to possess and savor a victorious life.


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ROUND OF APPLAUSE — Castillo’s readers, meanwhile, are grateful of the notion that she obeyed God’s Voice and elected to write “Affirmed,” which is already generating favorable reviews.

“It is the Word of God that affirms us,” Castillo told Making Headline News this week.

Given such an intriguing and thought-provoking analogy undoubtedly rings true, according to this accomplished writer, that practically sums up why she thought it necessary to compose the book, entitled, “Affirmed,” a spiritually-empowering project that is just a few weeks removed from its much-anticipated release.


“When we know His truth, we can speak to the noises of our fears, insecurities,  lies, idols, etc.,” said Castillo, explaining her divine purpose for writing a book that has resulted in her making her authorship debut. “Speaking His truth over those noises shatters the voice, the power, and effectiveness of the sound that we hear.”


A book that was officially released in early-May, Castillio spent the past couple of years assembling a book she admittedly wrote during what was a was “a very difficult season” of her life.

But God…Who has the power to affirm us throughout His matchless, life-changing Word, a God Who had ultimately provided this devout woman of faith with some much-needed spiritual relief, particularly during her time in the wilderness.

“A lady at my church would speak life to me every Sunday morning,” said Castillo, recalling the awe-inspiring events that greatly fueled her desire to write her new book. “She was speaking God’s word over my life.”

Ironically and much to Castillo’s delight, such a weekly trend would ultimately inspire her to steadfastly speak life over her seemingly unfavorable situations.

“At one point, I decided to start study God’s word and speak over my own life,” Castillo, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, said. “God took me through a season of learning how the word affirms us. The lady at church was affirming with the truth of God’s word and didn’t even realize that she was helping me silence the noise I was hearing.”

So what exactly was the adversary saying to this Christian-oriented author?

“(He was saying) you’re not a great mom….you’re not enough,” Castillo recalled. “Every Sunday, she would tell me an affirmation and it helped me keep pressing.”

And, to her credit, such affirmations had eventually given way to her birthing “Affirmed,” a book she emphasized was created as strategic way to inspire others through the illustration of God’s Word, most notably through writing.

“I love analogies, and in my book, I use them to illustrate God’s Word,” Castillo’s said. “It is clear to me that God has gifted me in this way. I enjoy seeing other people inspired, encouraged, and empowered through the Word of God.”

Castillo’s readers, meanwhile, are grateful of the notion that she obeyed God’s Voice and elected to write “Affirmed,” which is already generating favorable reviews.

“So far, I have had people tell me that they now understand how to speak back to the noise, using the Word of God,” said Castillo, adding that “Affirmed” will be comprised of a three-part series and that plans are in the works to co-author a devotional book with her husband (Orlando Castillo).

Also, Castillo acknowledged that she’s open to accepting speaking engagements, during which she would discuss at length her book and, most importantly, encourage the masses in the process.


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IN HER OWN WORDS —– “I love analogies, and in my book, I use them to illustrate God’s Word,” Castillo’s said. “It is clear to me that God has gifted me in this way. I enjoy seeing other people inspired, encouraged, and empowered through the Word of God.”

Just like that big-hearted fellow church member had done for her.

All things considered, Castillo has deemed it essential to count her blessings daily — to re-affirm that which God has blessed her.

“I am married with two handsome boys,” Castillo said. “I serve on the prayer team for woman’s ministry at my church (One Community Church). I enjoy working on freelance writing projects. I am also very passionate about encouraging other authors to push through their writing journey.”

All of which explains why she’s certainly one of a kind, is surely a unique, godly woman in her own right.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Chrystal D. Castillo, or to schedule her for a public appearance, connect with her via social media at: Twitter: @Chrys_Castillo

Facebook: @Chryscastillobooks

Instagram: @Chrys_castillobooks

Also, send email to: chryscastillo@yahoo.com.


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OMG! Oklahoma City author Shanell Monique’s ‘The Wife Between Us’ is a huge must read

OK-CARING FOR OTHERS

THREE AND COUNTING — To her credit, Oklahoma City author Shanell Monique has gone to great lengths to appropriately empower women to abstain from bothering their emotional wounds in her newly-produced book project entitled, “The Wife Between Us,” her emotionally-driven project she needed less than a year to produce — from February 2018 to January 2019 to be exact.

DALLAS — As if Shanell Monique’s latest book isn’t a massive crowd-pleaser, wait ‘til you get a check of her forthcoming written work.

For what it’s worth, this one figures to leave Shanell Monique’s reading audience on the edge of its seats.

“My reason was to be a voice for other women,” Shanell Monique, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said of her soon-to-be-released project. “Because we don’t understand why you were chosen to go through the storm, because you don’t understand the power of your blessings that follow, you can’t expect anyone to understand your struggles. To heal a wound you need to stop touching it.”

To her credit, Shanell Monique has gone to great lengths to appropriately empower women to abstain from bothering their emotional wounds in her newly-produced book project entitled, “The Wife Between Us,” her emotionally-driven project she needed less than a year to produce — from February 2018 to January 2019 to be exact.

As Shanell Monique emphasized, her divine purpose for having assembled “The Wife Between Us” is centered largely on three strategic words: “Preserve Your Power,” she said with such authority.

Wait, there’s more, this brilliantly creative Oklahoma City-based author acknowledged.

“You can’t be powerful in your money, your love or your happiness if you’re always giving it away,” said Shanell Monique, further alluding to her book’s key points as only she could. “Not everybody and everything is worth your energy.”

Especially when such energy is being taken away — or even eradicated — amid things and situations that could potentially prove devastating to one’s destiny.


“Unplug from negative situations and people. Let them go. Turn them off. Hit delete. Press stop. Press pause. If you want a powerful relationship, stop feeding into negative energy. If you want a powerful paycheck, stop feeding into negative energy at work.” — OKC Author Shanell Monique 


As for life itself, as precious and as fragile it is, Shanell Monique’s got something for women who sense that life is short-changing them.

“If you want a powerful life, stop feeding doubt, fear, and insecurities,” she said. “Somebody needs to give you power. Somebody needs to love you back. Somebody needs to help you. Somebody needs to support you.”

STORY BEHIND THE STORY — Having authored  “Broken Silence” and “Love & Confidence Journal,” which were released in December 2017 and in April 2018, respectively, Shanell Monique said her inspiration for composing “The Wife Between Us” arose in the wake of her divorce.

Because after all, “Sometimes that person is you,” Shanell Monique said. “Love yourself enough to preserve your power for the people and situations that are worth it. If you preserve your power, you’ll preserve yourself.”

Having authored  “Broken Silence” and “Love & Confidence Journal,” which were released in December 2017 and in April 2018, respectively, Shanell Monique said her inspiration for composing “The Wife Between Us” arose in the wake of her divorce.

“(That’s) when God really put it on my heart to finish my story,” said Shanell Monique, “and be a voice for women.”

That she’s certainly doing.

So wait ‘til you get a check of her forthcoming written work.

 

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

 


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


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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.

 

OKC businessman Karim Muhammad aiming to promote his nonprofit organization on national talk and syndicated radio shows

A NATIONAL IMPACT

MAJOR MAJOR STRIDES — A native of Oklahoma City, Karim Muhammad is especially grateful of the immeasurable strides he made through his Teachers Appreciation Foundation, which is steadily attracting more of a national presence.

DALLAS — Karim Muhammad is on a mission.

A great, big one, to be more technical.

Consider, for instance, Muhammad’s fervent, unyielding quest in having a monumental impact as the founder and executive director of the Teachers Appreciation Foundation, his Oklahoma City-based nonprofit organization he founded nearly five years ago.

“Inspiring others is very instrumental (in that I’m afforded the golden opportunity) to encourage them to follow their dreams,” Muhammad told Making Headline News during a weekend interview.

WHAT ABOUT TAF? https://www.taf5.org/

A native of Oklahoma City, Muhammad is especially grateful of the immeasurable strides he’s made through his organization, which is steadily attracting more of a national presence.

So much, in fact, that this young businessman doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s destined to devise ways to grasp the attention of a few renowned celebrities and political figures.

“Our goal is to convey the mission and the message on a national talk show and syndicated radio talk show,” said Muhammad, referring specifically to the Steve Harveys, Wendy Williamses, Dr. Phils, and the Rickey Smileys of the world, just to name a few.

A former Langston University and Oklahoma State University student, Muhammad’s Teachers Appreciation Foundation is comprised of a five-person leadership board in which his mother serves as President. Pictured with Muhammad is Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt.

A nonprofit organization that went into full operations in June 2014, Teachers Appreciation Foundation’s mission is centered largely on remaining dedicated to the movement of appreciating the school village responsible for teaching the future leaders of the world, as mentioned in a detailed breakdown of this institution at https://www.taf5.org/.

Moreover, this credible nonprofit is widely known for giving back to Oklahoma schools by acknowledging and appreciating educators and support workers in a big way.

Powered by the motto, “The School Village Will Teach The Child” — a catchphrase that was spearheaded by Muhammad’s mother, former longtime educator Miniimah Muhammad — Muhammad was determined to start a foundation that honors school teachers, custodians, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and everyone involved in the school system as a whole, he said.

Nearing its fifth year of existence, Teachers Appreciation Foundation has become a fixture, particularly in highlighting what Muhammad describes as “the roots of these phenomenal people” in large part because “they are pieces to the educational puzzle,” he said.

Interestingly and to his credit, Muhammad’s mother — whose teaching career spanned more than three decades — were amongst those elated and enthused about the concept to establish a credible and worthy foundation.

“I want to provide a quintessential service to my community and other communities worldwide,” Muhammad, an OKC Northeast High School graduate, said, explaining his purpose for his organization, which accommodates people 25 years of age and up. “(I love) putting smiles on the faces and bringing excitement to dignitaries, educators and supporting staff.”

A nonprofit organization that went into full operations in June 2014, Teachers Appreciation Foundation’s mission is centered largely on remaining dedicated to the movement of appreciating the school village responsible for teaching the future leaders of the world, as mentioned in a detailed breakdown of this institution at https://www.taf5.org/.

Much to his delight, social media has benefited Muhammad’s organization mightily in that it has helped spread the word about his flourishing endeavor, which will be hosting its annual TAF Awards Show in the coming months.

According to Muhammad, he and his staff are in discussion for the 2020 TAF Awards to be held in Oklahoma City (February 1 of that year) and nearby Arlington, Texas (on February 8).

In addition, his organization will be hosting a number of community-related events, most notably its TAF Awards Sponsorship Seminars, which customarily take place the third Thursday of each month and is free and open to the public.

A former Langston University and Oklahoma State University student, Muhammad’s Teachers Appreciation Foundation is comprised of a five-person leadership board in which his mother serves as President.

Dawud Ali is TAF’s Vice President, Moneka Sharee is Secretary, and Julie Sharif and Latasha Howell assume the roles as staff members.

Nearing its fifth year of existence, Teachers Appreciation Foundation has become a fixture, particularly in highlighting what Muhammad describes as “the roots of these phenomenal people” in large part because “they are pieces to the educational puzzle,” he said.

WHAT ABOUT TAF? https://www.taf5.org/

Powered by the motto, “The School Village Will Teach The Child” — a catchphrase that was spearheaded by Muhammad’s mother, former longtime educator Miniimah Muhammad — Muhammad was determined to start a foundation that honors school teachers, custodians, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers and everyone involved in the school system as a whole.

“We want to build the movement of appreciating the whole school body,” Muhammad added. “I want the people who go to school to get their teaching certification and degrees to look forward to the Teachers Appreciation Foundation Awards Show. I want them to look forward to the awards show as the Grammys for teachers and staff.”

Talk about a man on a mission.

A great, big one, to be more technical.


For more information about Oklahoma City-area Businessman Karim Muhammad, or to schedule him for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 405.532.3488 or write to: P.O. Box 17613, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73136. Also, connect with TAF via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/teachAF1978/. Also, send email to: tafteam5@gmail.com.


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Dallas/Fort Worth author Eunice Jones-Mitchell discovers key part of her purpose through her first book


For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV)


DALLAS — At some point during her life, it wasn’t so much about Eunice Jones-Mitchell needing to adjust to Texas.

Rather, her peace of mind and faith walk were centered largely on how she’d go about seeing to it that Texas — as big and gigantic as it is — would adjust to her.


WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED 

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — A licensed minister, speaker, life coach, and mentor, Dallas/Fort Worth author Eunice Jones-Mitchell is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Love Letters: My Personal Journey Towards Healing.”

“I’ve been writing all my life, but when I transitioned here to Dallas, I suffered severe panic and anxiety attacks and saw a therapist,” Jones-Mitchell, a native of Oklahoma City, told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “Once I begin to pour out all that I had been through and fleeing domestic abuse, that’s when He gave me the instructions.”

Much Jones-Mitchell’s delight, those God-mandated instructions included, among other things, a monumental assignment that had given way to her delving off into the world of authorship.

A licensed minister, speaker, life coach, and mentor, Jones-Mitchell is the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Love Letters: My Personal Journey Towards Healing.”


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A 116-page written document that made its official release on July 28, 2017, Jones-Mitchell’s “Love Letters: My Personal Journey Towards Healing” depicts in large part this writer’s personal journey, one that is mired by what she describes as “a life of brokenness and pain,” as mentioned in a detailed breakdown of this book at Amazon.com.

“This book will walk you through the challenges I had to face and overcome,” Jones-Mitchell reveals in her Amazon synopsis. “This book originally started as a journal to God, letting Him know how much I love Him for what He brought me through.”

As it turned out, the more that Jones-Mitchell carried out her strategic assignment as a Christian-based writer, the more God began to reveal to her the purpose for which she was created.


AND THE BIBLE SAYS…

Talk about adjusting comfortably to life in Texas.


“Each love letter allowed me to reflect on my life instead of the hurt I experienced. Although each love letter started from a place of pain, as I continued to write, the love letter would end from a place of freedom.” — Author Eunice Jones-Mitchell


Interestingly, as Jones-Mitchell sought therapy on what was seemingly a regular basis, the more that God had given her the revelation to produce a book.

GOD’S PLAN — As Jones-Mitchell had ultimate discovered, even upon relocating to Texas, even when it her faith was being tried and tested, even when the enemy came in like a flood — by way of those dreaded panic and anxiety attacks — God was behind the scenes, working things out for her good.

“And as I begin to share with the therapist, she confirmed it and clearly stated, ‘I could listen to your story all day,’” Jones-Mitchell recalled. “(She said) ‘You should write a book.’”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

That’s because Jones-Mitchell is rough a year-and-a-half removed from having written a book that continues to amass favorable reviews.

“Everyone has told me that it was an easy read and that some part of the book spoke to a situation that they were battling or had experienced in their life,” Jones-Mitchell said. “Most of my audience wants to read more and I’m glad for that.”

Because of whom she is and because of where God is taking her, Jones-Mitchell is thoroughly convinced that her book was all a part of God’s strategic plan for her life, even during her season in the wilderness.


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A MUST READ — A 116-page written document that made its official release on July 28, 2017, Jones-Mitchell’s “Love Letters: My Personal Journey Towards Healing” depicts in large part this writer’s personal journey, one that is mired by what she describes as “a life of brokenness and pain,” as mentioned in a detailed breakdown of this book at Amazon.com.

“I’ve known since I was little that God had a plan for my life,” Jones-Mitchell says with pure confidence. “God told me that I would touch lives all over the world and I didn’t realize it would be with the words that I put to paper in a book.

“This was the icing on the cake for me in (God) allowing me to give my audience something tangible to take with them when I was giving the opportunity to pour out to them. Even if I never wrote the book, I am forever a witness to the power of God through Jesus Christ in my life.”

As Jones-Mitchell had ultimate discovered, even upon relocating to Texas, even when it her faith was being tried and tested, even when the enemy came in like a flood — by way of those dreaded panic and anxiety attacks — God was behind the scenes, working things out for her good.

Next up: two more compelling books, which are currently in the works, she said.

OH HAPPY DAYS — Because of whom she is and because of where God is taking her, Jones-Mitchell is thoroughly convinced that her book was all a part of God’s strategic plan for her life, even during her season in the wilderness.

“I just looked at her and after tears streamed down my face I told her that God spoke that to me and she was confirming His words,” said Jones-Mitchell, recalling her memorable conversation with her therapist. “I’m just humbled and honored for the opportunity to be able to share with (the media). God has been faithful every step of the way and I’m expecting to publish more books and continue to help people through my life’s experience and speaking life into them.”

Talk about adjusting comfortably to life in Texas.


For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Author Eunice Jones-Mitchell, or to schedule her for a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eunice.jones.92775. Also, send email to: eunicejones11@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.

Tulsa-area Pastor Haniqua Hill to host her inaugural The Dressed In Love Experience conference March 15-17


MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES PASTOR HANIQUA HILL


Pastor Haniqua Hill’s reputation is such that she routinely demonstrates having a heart for people.

To her credit, that is amongst the reasons Hill is going to great lengths to share with the masses a faith-based event that figures to help advance the kingdom unlike never before.


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“This event is open to all within the U. S.,” Hill, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-area minister, told Making Headline News this week.

Pastor and Jamal Natasha Miller

Widely known also as an accomplished motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Hill will host the inaugural The Dressed In Love Experience from March 15-17 at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Powered by the slogan, “You’ve Never Done Dating Like This Before,” this three-day event will take place at 100 Civic Center in Tulsa and is organized by Hill in conjunction with Above The Rock Church, the institution she founded.

Pastor Carrington and Ashley Brown

A conference that is available exclusively to singles, Hill and Co.’s chief objectives include, among other things, bringing awareness to interpersonal relational skills, relationship enhancing, etc.

“We believe (this conference) will help in building healthy long-term relationships to decrease the divorce rate and increase the act of marriage throughout the communities,” said Hill, explaining the purpose for her inaugural conference.

Hill’s The Dressed In Love Experience will be highlighted by six featured married couples (or speakers), each whom will share of their wealth of knowledge through marriage and relationship building.

Kevin and Melissa Fredericks

The speakers during Hill’s The Dressed In Love Experience are:

  • Pastor Jamal and businesswoman Natasha Miller, the co-creators of The One University. The Millers’ exclusive membership program is comprised of more than 4,000 members for single men and women, who aspire to prepare themselves for marriage. Interestingly, the Millers are widely known for their Facebook love story that was originally posted on YouTube and had ultimately gone viral.

  • Pastor Carrington and businesswoman Ashley Brown, the co-creators of Ashley’s YouTube channel entitled, “AshleyEmpowers.” Also, this couple host what is known as the “8:02 GAMETIME,” during which they customarily discuss a variety of pertinent issues and concerns, particularly as it relates to dating and marriage.

  • Comedian Kevin and author Melissa Fredericks of KevOnStage and The Love Hour. The Fredericks are widely known for having co-authored the written document entitled, “25 Tips For A Healthy Marriage.”

  • Pastor Calvin and businesswoman Tiffany Appleton of GodFamilyWorks.com. The Appletons co-authored a pair books: “From Sarah’s Daughter To Hagar’s Servant” and the “GodFamilyWorks Marriage Mentorship Manual.”

  • Pastors Jerry and Tanisha Flowers the co-founders of Redefined TV. Interestingly, the Flowers have produced several online devotionals and are also co-founders and co-creators of “Wife Academy” and “The Return Of Kings For Men” and,

  • Tobias and Briana Jackson of Memphis. A Dallas/Fort Worth-area life coach couple who met on social media while simultaneously building careers in Business Development and Network Marketing, Tobias Jackson has been ministering prophetically for more than two decades. His wife, meanwhile, serves as an international business funding specialist, as well as a credit repair maven.

Also, during The Dressed In Love Experience, there will be a black tie dinner for which Hill refers to as “the single hopefuls.” During this part of the conference, attendees will be allowed to meet and interact with other singles in a different element, Hill said.

Pastor Calvin and Tiffany Appleton

“We will conduct a panel discussion with other married couples, (during which they will explain) how they did it God’s way and provide tips and tricks on making their marriage last,” Hill said.

On March 16, a workshop will take place, during which the featured guests will discuss with the masses the importance of loving yourself first. In addition, Hill said three of her guest couples will give attendees some hands on tools to dating, communicating, and personal skills.

Pastor Jerry and Tanisha Flowers

Later that day, the event will resume with a group outing, during which attendees will be afforded the golden opportunity to date each other and, according to Hill, “just have an overall good time.”

Hill’s inaugural The Dressed In Love Experience will culminate with attendees attending a morning worship service that will be geared toward singles.

Tobias and Briana Jackson

A certified life coach and motivational speaker, Hill is a graduate of Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministry and Leadership.


For more information on Pastor Haniqua Hill’s inaugural The Dressed In Love Experience, log on to: https://abovetherockchurch.ticketspice.com/the-dressed-in-love-experience, or connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/nikki.hill.961. Also, send email to: abovetherockchurch@gmail.com.


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Shanell Monique would know.

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

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


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

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


All jokes aside.

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

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

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

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

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

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


And the rest, as they say, was history.

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


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

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

But God…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

What a difference obeying the Voice of God has made.

All jokes aside.


For more information about Oklahoma City-based Author Tohnyonah Jackson, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/author.tohnyonah.5. Also, send email to: tohnyonahjackson@yahoo.com.


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

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

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

This weekend is no exception.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All while engaging in her customary Saturday afternoon multitasking.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heck, he had no other choice, really.

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

Possibly forever.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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