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Mid-South couple wrote and produced an R&B song that’s igniting a buzz around Memphis

DALLAS — Christopher Wade and Kimberly King first crossed paths nearly three decades ago at John P. Freeman Jr. High, during which they were members of the school’s choir.

Today, their bond is as close as it’s ever been.

Having formed a courtship a little more than two years ago, Wade and King have collectively put their musical talents on display, courtesy of a newly-produced song entitled, “Love Is A Gift.”

LOVE AND MUSIC 

REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD — Christopher Wade and Kimberly King first crossed paths nearly three decades ago at John P. Freeman Jr. High, during which they were members of the school’s choir. Together, the couple deemed it essential to write and produce a song they sense will reignite a positive outlook in a world they sense have become much more unattached and self-absorbed in recent years.
A native of Memphis, King has been an accomplished songwriter for quite some time, she told Making Headline News Friday morning.

Wade, also a native Memphian, has been writing and singing for the past 19 years.

Together, the couple deemed it essential to write and produce a song they sense will reignite a positive outlook in a world they sense has become much more unattached and self-absorbed in recent years.


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MAD SKILLS — Widely known as “Swade,” Wade also has an extended play available at Www.swadedaphoenix.bandcamp.com.

Produced by Memphian Jonathan Davenport of EBJ Entertainment, the “Love Is A Gift” digital track has been officially released and is available for only $1.29 at https://swadedaphoenix.bandcamp.com/releases.

Widely known as “Swade,” Wade also has an extended play available at Www.swadedaphoenix.bandcamp.com.

“I just started my journey as a songwriter,” King, much to her delight, told MHN.

Interestingly, it is a journey she and Wade hope eventually catches the R & B music world by storm — much sooner than later.


“This song was written because the world is in such a bad place morally and spiritually,” said King, explaining the direct message she and Wade are aiming to send through an R&B hit that was recently thrust in rotation on Memphis’ 103.5 WRBO. “We are trying to bring true love with a real R&B feel back in 2019.”


THEY DID THAT — A song the couple needed somewhere in the neighborhood of 24 hours to compose — they wrote it December 13 and recorded it the very next day — “Love Is A Gift” surfaced in the wake of several conversations between Wade and King.

Though “Love Is A Gift” made its radio debut during the holiday season and is centered in large part on Christmas, King said the song is accompanied by what she describes as a “universal message,” meaning listeners can play it “all year round,” she acknowledged.

“The audience will be blessed by the feeling of love…to turn their minds off the world for a minute and feel good,” King said.

A song the couple needed somewhere in the neighborhood of 24 hours to compose — they wrote it December 13 and recorded it the very next day — “Love Is A Gift” surfaced in the wake of several conversations between Wade and King.

The rest, as they say, was history.

“It was easy to assemble the song,” said King, adding that other collaborative music projects are forthcoming.


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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.

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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

 

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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 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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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.

 

Memphian Yolanda R. Kight exemplifies a ‘servant’s heart’ approach as she lobbies for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge post

DECISION 2018: MAKING HEADLINE NEWS IN-DEPTH FEATURE ON YOLANDA ROCHELLE KIGHT

 

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV)

 

To grasp a thorough concept of Yolanda R. Kight is one who can be appropriately described as a true survivor of arguably some of life’s greatest hurdles, pause for a moment, if you will, and become enlighten about her assortment of personal testimonies.

“There have been many forces working against me to undermine where God has been taking me,” Kight said during an exclusive weekend interview with Making Headline News.

For the record, it all started somewhere in inner city Memphis — North Memphis to technical — where Kight was born to an unwed teenage mother and resided with her grandmother.

“We called her ‘mama’ because most of our mothers in my family were young and our grandmother was like our mama,” Kight recalled.

LEADING BY AN EXAMPLE OF EXCELLENCE — If things go her way on the campaign trail in the coming months, Yolanda R. Kight, a native Memphian will assume yet another commendable label to go along with the true survivor one. A proud graduate of Memphis Hamilton High, Kight, 47, is a candidate for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge, Division 9, a political post she’s hoping to win following her previous unsuccessful, nail-biting loss in her quest for Shelby County Clerk. Pictured with Kight are her three daughters: Ariyana, Arielle, and Ania.

All things considered, Kight, like many of her peers, was a typical youngster who was destined to make the most out of life in the inner city, often jumping a fence during the summer months for free lunch at nearby Lester Community Center, routinely engaging in a variety of childhood neighborhood activities before the street lights caught her.

Still, even while diligently staying in a child’s place while being raised in a Christian environment where attending church was mandatory, it seemed that various forms of challenges had arose and thrust Kight in harm’s way, a trend by which she didn’t merely deserve, much less warrant.

So how to explain and make sense of why Kight was victimized by sexual assault and molestation as a minor by multiple men, not to mention having endured an abusive relationship, all while functioning as a single parent to three young girls as a law school student who was armed with so much promise?

ON ONE AKA ACCORD — After enrolling at the historic Clark Atlanta University, where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in Fall 1989, Kight transferred to LeMoyne-Owen College, where she eventually earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Management.

To acquire a somewhat full understanding, try becoming empowered of how she has managed to blossom into the true survivor for which she is widely known.

“I didn’t come from a family of people who had gone to college or had obtained great fortune or success,” Kight explained. “But I was blessed to have friend who I met in junior high school whose family instilled in her to seek higher education and so I basically followed what she did.”

Much to her delight, Kight steadfastly stuck with that junior high school confidant in such a way that, to her credit, she not only has enjoyed sustained success through education, but she’s made a name for herself in the process.

REMEMBER HER NAME — Much to her delight, Kight steadfastly stuck with that junior high school friend in such a way that, to her credit, she not only has enjoyed sustained success through education, but she’s made a name for herself in the process.

And, if things go her way on the campaign trail in the coming months, Kight, a native Memphian will ceremoniously assume yet another commendable label to go along with the true survivor one.

A proud graduate of Memphis Hamilton High, Kight, 47, is a candidate for Shelby County Circuit Court Judge, Division 9, a political post she’s hoping to win following her previous unsuccessful, nail-biting loss in her quest for Shelby County Clerk.

Early voting begins July 13 and ends July 28. The general election is August 2.

THROWBACK MEMPHIS — All things considered Kight, like many of her peers, was a typical youngster who was destined to make the most of life in the inner city, often jumping a neighborhood fence during the summer months for free lunch at nearby Lester Community Center.

For Kight, that she is vying for Circuit Court Judge is especially ideal for a time such as now, in large part because of the wealth of experience she’s garnered in her current position as a Magistrate Judge.

Amongst Kight’s notable responsibilities is overseeing cases centered on dealing mostly with domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking, drugs, and other criminal matters.

“In this position, it has become even more transparent than before that we have issues with justice in our legal system,” Kight said.

Interestingly, Kight said long before she sensed she would delve off into the political arena, she was birthed with the notable vision of becoming a driving force in the community as a way to make it a better place for “my children and grandson.” she emphasized.

“Even before running for office, I began doing things in my practice to restore hope and reconciliation to those persons I touched in my practice,” Kight said.

Now, she stressed, is the appropriate time to take her servant’s heart approach outside of her credible practice.

What better place to take it than to Shelby County Circuit Court, Division 9?

“I never had the sense that I wanted to necessarily run for office, though I had one person to tell me that God told them that my grace was in politics, and other persons prophesied that I would hold certain political positions,” Kight said.

For what it’s worth, she certainly possesses the educational credentials to run for such a commendable political seat.

Kight was raised in a single-parent home in the inner city by her mother, June Kight.

After enrolling at the historic Clark Atlanta University, where she became a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in Fall 1989, Kight transferred to LeMoyne-Owen College, where she eventually earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Management.

In addition, she acquired a Legal Assistant Certificate in Paralegal Studies from University College at the University of Memphis, during which she was named Most Outstanding Paralegal.

Interesting, in 1998, Kight had the opportunity to meet prominent Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, who presently serves as a Federal Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

According to Kight, it was Donald who encouraged her mightily to broaden her horizon in the judicial industry, a development that had ultimately inspired her to earn a law degree from University of Memphis’ historic Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law just four years later.

The rest, as they say, was history.

BUILDING A LASTING LEGACY — Interestingly, in 1998, Kight had the opportunity to meet prominent Judge Bernice Bouie Donald, who presently serves as a Federal Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. According to Kight, it was Donald who encouraged her to broaden her horizon in the law/judicial industry, a development that had ultimately inspired her to earn a law degree from University of Memphis’ historic Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law just four years later. Pictured with Kight is her grandson, Micah-Donovan, whom she customarily deems her “Pooh Bear.”

“It wasn’t until I had my children and the idea that (other lives) now relied on me to make everything okay that the notion that ‘Failure was not an option’ took hold and I was determined to make life better for them,” Kight, who’s currently pursing a degree from Memphis Theological Seminary. “That determination to make life better for them, undergirded with the faith I learned through my mother who found God and made sure that we got to know God by attending church, Sunday school, vacation bible school, etc., is what helped me to keep going despite feeling like giving up sometimes feeling overwhelmed.”

Given the immeasurable strides she’s made — particularly from those days of growing up in the inner city, to jumping fences for free lunch, to conquering being molested and physically abused, to achieving educational excellence — Kight is especially hopeful that the citizens of Shelby County will take into account her servant’s heart approach when they take to the polls in the foreseeable future.

“A win for Yolanda Rochelle Kight is a win for the citizens of Shelby County,” Kight said. “And it will represent a shift in this community toward a community that is concerned about the needs of all members of this community by ensuring that all members of our community are afforded justice that is not based on race, socio-economic background, or status.”

 

A MAKING HEADLINE NEWS “DID YOU KNOW?”

Did you know that Memphian Yolanda R. Kight is involved in a variety of community-based organizations, most notably:

The Northwest Shelby County Rotary Club

A lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women and,

The Co-Program Chair of Precious Pearls of Frayser?

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

Days from celebrating her 80th birthday, Memphis mom expresses gratitude in her daughter’s upcoming milestone

DESTINY STEPS — The youngest of 15 children, Memphian Gayle Johnson Morrow will be amongst a throng of candidates for diplomas when she earns her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources during the University of Phoenix’s commencement exercises Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

DALLAS — Chances are, Edward Johnson, Sr. broke away from his post in heaven, peeped through the clouds, then smiled at what had unfolded last weekend.

That’s because his baby girl, during a pre-graduation celebratory gathering that was comprised of a gallery of family members, friends and close acquaintances, was just days away from making some family history, of sorts.

“I think he would be so excited,” Vernice Johnson, during a telephone interview with Making Headline News Wednesday morning from Memphis, said of her late husband, when asked how she thought he would have reacted had he lived to witness the forthcoming graduation of their daughter, Gayle Johnson Morrow. “I think he would be beside himself to see his baby daughter.”

The youngest of 15 children, Morrow will be amongst a throng of candidates for diplomas when she earns her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources during the University of Phoenix’s commencement exercises Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis.

BUILT FOR GREATNESS — For Morrow, while earning a college degree will come as virtually no surprise to anyone, considering the Memphis Northside High alum was a fixture in making the honor roll “from Kindergarten through twelfth grade” according to her mother, such a milestone undoubtedly is a long time coming.

For Morrow, while earning a college degree will come as virtually no surprise to anyone, considering the 1992 Memphis Northside High graduate was a fixture in making the honor roll “from Kindergarten through twelfth grade” according to her mother, such a milestone undoubtedly is a long time coming.

As Johnson explained, for years, her daughter — although her academic track record was such that she was equipped to adjust to and master college life — essentially had put off enrolling in college, in large part because she was often labeled a nerd for as long as she could recall.

Consequently, Dr. Rebecca Guy, a former University of Memphis professor and close friend to the Johnson family, often encouraged Morrow to strongly consider pursuing higher education because, according to Morrow’s mother, she had “all those brains.”

The rest, as they say, was history.

Years removed from having filled out an application and being granted admission, years removed having declared a major, years removed from having earned her first A, years removed from having endured sleepless nights to study for mid-term and final exams, Morrow is just a few days away from earning higher education’s most covenant prize — a college degree.

MORE ON UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX: https://www.phoenix.edu

GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY — As Johnson explained, for years, her daughter — although her academic track was such that she was equipped to adjust and master college life — essentially had put off enrolling in college, in large part because she was often labeled a nerd for as long as she could recall.

“I thank God that she had a mind to go and to have the mind to go and be blessed,” Johnson, who turns 80 August 17, said.  “Dr. Guy once said, ‘Gayle, you have all those brains and I don’t know why you won’t go to college.’ But I thank God that she had a mind to go after having two children.”

That Morrow and her siblings were raised in a mostly Christian-oriented environment where assigned responsibilities were strictly enforced has contributed mightily to her academic success, Johnson acknowledged.

As for the constant “nerd” name-calling that essentially delayed Morrow’s quest for adding a college degree to her notable academic resume, come Saturday morning when her name is uttered through the loudspeakers by the dean of her college, such trash talk will have become a distant memory.

MORE IRONY — That Morrow’s celebratory event took place on what would have been her father’s 91st birthday was another reason her mother couldn’t dare take a rain check after an exhausting week in which she had attended church each night. Johnson will celebrate her 80th birthday August 17.

Given the festive, exuberant turnout last weekend during Morrow’s pre-graduation celebration, it’s safe to assume it already has.

“She said, ‘I’m so sick of these children (calling me a nerd),’” Johnson said. “But she was tired of just being a high school graduate. She wants to make more money, and there were a lot of things she wasn’t qualified for. She knew she needed to go (to college). She was determined. She wouldn’t give up.”

IT WAS ALL WORTH IT — Years removed from filling out an application and being granted admission, years removed having declared a major, years removed from having earned her first A, years removed having endured sleepless nights to study for mid-term and final exams, Morrow is just a few days away from earning higher education’s most covenant prize — a college degree.

That Morrow’s celebratory event took place on what would have been her father’s 91st birthday was another reason Johnson couldn’t fathom taking a rain check after an exhausting week in which she had attended church each night.

“I was so excited,” Johnson said. “I was so tired. But I couldn’t miss that event and miss my baby child, who made it through.”

If Morrow’s father was alive, chances are he would have echoed those sentiments, her mother said.

“He would have kind of wanted to stick his chest out,” Johnson said.

Considering what is about to take place on Saturday, that her father likely broke away from his post in heaven, peeped through the clouds, then smiled surely was the appropriate response toward his baby girl, who is on the brink of making some family history, of sorts.

 

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTE TO GAYLE JOHNSON MORROW: 

 

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 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.

 

Mid-South-area author Dr. Sharliese Boateng assembles an awe-inspiring, spiritually gut-checking book in memory of her father

DESTINY STEPS — A staff pharmacist for Memphis’ St. Francis Hospital, Dr. Sharliese Boateng is the mastermind behind the emotionally inspiring book, Pregnant With Destiny: From Pain to Purpose. A 176-page, paperback written document that officially made its presence on the market in April 2017, Boateng, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, spoke at length about how during a flight to Ghana, West Africa in 2009, God strategically infused within her the idea of comparing a pregnant woman’s journey to that of our destiny and purpose, a life-changing, attention-grasping sequence He ultimately dropped in her spirit.

WEST MEMPHIS, Arkansas — Just after midday Tuesday, Dr. Sharliese Boateng wasted little time taking to her Facebook page to pay homage to the man widely known as “Big Ed” — or Edwin Dwayne Tatum to be technical.

Said Dr. Boateng in an awe-inspiring post that gave way to her acquiring a number of likes and favorable comments accompanied by a few intriguing hashtags:

As I head downstairs to autograph more books for Saturday, I can’t help but to recall the conversation my late father, Big Ed, and I had following a family altercation. He told me I would write a book to tell my story and help others! I laughed because that dude was always trying to make money. His heart was pure as gold, but his hands were always GREEN! Well, I listened to him more than 10 years ago when he said it. NOW I SEE! Daddy was RIGHT! Just having a #thinkingofmydaddy moment #restinlovebigguy…LITTLE ROCK, SEE YOU SATURDAY!#pregnantwithdestiny #therespurposeinthepain #push

Though Dr. Boateng’s father is a little more than 10 years removed from his death, that memorable, forthright suggestion he offered his daughter is something about which she didn’t merely take lightly.

Amongst the reasons is that the dialogue between Dr. Boateng and her father essentially served a memorable key ingredient, of sorts, particularly as it pertained to this accomplished medical professional taking a monumental step toward fulfilling the purpose for which God created her.

A staff pharmacist for Memphis’ St. Francis Hospital who resides in nearby West Memphis, Dr. Boateng is the mastermind behind the emotionally inspiring book, Pregnant With Destiny: From Pain To Purpose.

A 176-page, paperback written document that officially made its presence on the market in April 2017, Dr. Boateng, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, spoke at length about how during a flight to Ghana, West Africa in 2009, God had strategically infused within her the concept of comparing a pregnant woman’s journey to that of our destiny and purpose — a life-changing, attention-grasping sequence He ultimately dropped in her spirit.

“To be obedient to God for starters, but also to simply restore hope into people who have lost sight of their destiny due to distractions, frustrations, past traumatic events, etc.,” said Dr. Boateng, explaining the single, most underlying reason she chose to write her recently-released book.

REMEMBER ‘BIG ED’ — Just after midday Tuesday, Dr. Boateng wasted little time taking to her Facebook page to pay homage to the guy widely known as “Big Ed” — or Edwin Dwayne Tatum to be technical.

A book she needed roughly 6 ½ years to complete, Dr. Boateng’s Pregnant With Destiny: From Pain To Purpose emphasizes, among other things, that your destiny has always been something that God ordained to be tunneled vision but, because of life’s trials and tribulations, it has been seen through panoramic vision, Dr. Boateng explained in a detailed description on her book’s back cover.

In addition, Dr. Boateng eloquently explains how we include things that aren’t merely meant for the journey, yet we capture them in our view, she said.

PURCHASE DR. BOATENG’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Pregnant-Destiny-Sharliese-Boateng-Pharm-ebook/dp/B06Y48VJ72

LEAN NOT UNTO OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING — All things considered, it is through the sometimes dreaded process that gives way to us becoming spiritually impregnated with destiny or, to be more specific, finding the strength and solace that will greatly drive us closer to Almighty God, Dr. Boateng essentially explains.

“My friend, everybody has a story,” Dr. Boateng boldly professes. “A past filled with happiness or painful things that you are not so proud about.”

Then without hesitation, this accomplished motivational speaker poses a rather thought-provoking question in her lofty quest to change and impact a generation through her compelling, provocative new book.

“But what if I told you that it all works out for your good and your life’s purpose?” Dr. Boateng asked. “Yes, God has created each of us with a powerful destiny, but the question that lies ahead is this: Are you willing to go through the process to see it birthed out?”

GOD ENDORSED IT — “To be obedient to God for starters, but also to simply restore hope into people who have lost sight of their destiny due to distractions, frustrations, past traumatic events, etc.,” said Dr. Boateng, explaining the single, most underlying reason she chose to write her recently-released book.

All things considered, it is through the sometimes dreaded process that gives way to us becoming spiritually impregnated with destiny or, to be more specific, finding the strength and solace that will greatly drive us closer to Almighty God, Dr. Boateng essentially explains.

“Another level of anointing, power and greatness is within your reach and the birthing will soon reveal it,” Dr. Boateng said. “All you have to do is rest assure and know that you are pregnant with destiny!”

Interesting enough, Dr. Boateng — a native of Little Rock, Arkansas who will host book signings Saturday and Sunday in her native establishment — acknowledged that her book is actually the “catalyst” and “platform” that will push her further into her destiny, particularly with regards to speaking into and over the lives of those who can’t quite make sense of which trimester they’re in.

Spiritual trimester, that is.

A book in which she needed roughly 6 ½ years to complete, Dr. Boateng’s Pregnant With Destiny: From Pain To Purpose emphasizes, among other things, that your destiny has always been something that God ordained to be tunneled vision, but because of life’s trials and tribulations, it has been seen through panoramic vision, explained a spokesperson for Dr. Boateng’s book at Amazon.com.

“This will be done through many speaking engagements, my own empowerment conferences, etc,” said Dr. Boateng, who’s also scheduled to promote her book during a Women’s Conference at New Hope Church of God In Christ in Wrightsville, Arkansas September 23 at 3 p. m. before returning to Ghana January 1-10 for more book signings. “God has called me to be a beacon of light to many, and I must allow the light to shine in a dark place of others to help push them to greater.

For what it’s worth, Dr. Boateng is confident her reading audience won’t misinterpret her book’s uniquely-designed cover that, to her credit, essentially tells a story in its own right.

DON’T GET IT TWISTED — Interesting enough, Dr. Boateng — a native of Little Rock, Arkansas who will host book signings Saturday and Sunday in her native establishment at Nations of Kings Assembly — acknowledged that her book is actually the “catalyst” and “platform” that will push her further into her destiny, particularly with regards to speaking into and over the lives of those who can’t quite make sense of which trimester they’re in. Spiritual trimester, that is.

“Some may look at the cover, see the word ‘pregnant,’ and automatically assume that this is a book for females only,” Dr. Boateng explained. “Not quite. Every person, be it male or female, has a spiritual womb, and God allows each person to have their own unique process to birth out that dream, vision, and purpose to ultimately fulfill destiny. In the end, it all brings glory back to the Father, because He placed it there from the beginning.”

As for her male counterparts…

“Men, don’t run,” Dr. Boateng said. “Read the book…reflect and embrace where you are, knowing that you too are pregnant with destiny.”

For this thriving, progressively resourceful author, no one knew that more than Big Ed.

Surely, dad knew best all along.

 

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTE TO DR. SHARLIESE BOATENG: 

 

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-area businessman Dwayne Chaffen, Jr. striving to turn Memphis into an ‘information technology powerhouse’

TEN-NES-SEE THIS BOOMING BUSINESS — A native of Memphis, Dwayne Chaffen, Jr., 32, is owner and chief executive officer of Embrytech, an up-and-coming information technology-based venture that offers, among other things, digital marketing and IT consulting services for a variety of industries.

MEMPHISDwayne Chaffen, Jr. is only keeping it real.

During an interview this week with Making Headline News, Chaffen, Jr., an accomplished Memphis-based businessman who has appropriately found his niche in the ever-so-competitive information technology industry, explained in great detail what obviously is a downward trend, of sorts, particularly as it pertains to African-Americans becoming actively engaged in the prominent Silicon Valley Big Tech companies.

“I would like to say that many people may not realize it, but it is a statistical fact that many of our Silicon Valley Big Tech companies such as Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Intel, and Google workforce is less than two percent black,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Black people are highly misrepresented within the IT industry.”

GETTIN’ IN WHERE HE FIT IN — Chaffen, Jr. strongly believes that with his flourishing business, he possess the tools and knowledge to bring about change, most notably for the betterment of minorities in what has become an extremely competitive industry.

For what it’s worth and to his distinct credit, that minorities have very little presence in what surely is a booming and popular industry is what has fueled Chaffen, Jr.’s competitive drive to establish his own IT-oriented business, one he hopes will become a fixture throughout the Mid-South and surrounding areas — much sooner than later.

A native of Memphis, Chaffen, Jr., 32, is owner and chief executive officer of Embrytech, an up-and-coming information technology-based venture that offers, among other things, digital marketing and IT consulting services for a variety of industries.

A company that is a little more than eight months removed from its much-anticipated inception, Embrytech is making an array of pivotal strides, in large part because Chaffen, Jr. is armed with a wealth of experience as one of the Mid-South’s youngest and most energetic IT professionals.

MAN ON A MISSION — “My personal mission is to serve my clients with the spirit of excellence,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Every business owner deserves to know how technology can add to their bottom line, and Embrytech is the perfect company to explain this to them. My goal is to grow Embrytech into an information technology powerhouse that will be around for all future generations to come.”

“We’ve got the necessary tools and expertise to help you grow your business successfully,” said Chaffen, Jr., who boasts more than a decade of information technology experience along with having earned an Associate’s Degree in Computer Networking Systems from Memphis’ ITT-Tech. “We partner with our clients to develop engaging digital marketing strategies, design high quality and scalable solutions, and build rich brand experiences. All of that simply means our efforts translate into creating more customers for you and increasing your bottom line.”

And here’s the real kicker, Chaffen, Jr. is quick to point out.

“And the best part is that your business get to keep 100 percent of our efforts,” he said. “We work for you.”

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — A company that is a little more than eight removed from its inception, Embrytech is making an array of pivotal strides, in large part because Chaffen, Jr. is armed with a wealth of experience as one of the Mid-South youngest and most energetic IT professional.

In addition, Chaffen, Jr. strongly believes that with his flourishing business, he possesses the essential tools and knowledge to bring about some much-needed change, most notably for the betterment of minorities in what has become an extremely competitive industry.

WHAT ABOUT EMBRYTECH? https://www.embrytech.com/

“Embrytech is working to change that,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “I am not looking to socially diversify or integrate with Silicon Valley, although we will welcome collaboration. I am looking to break the mold, obliterate the stereotypes, and create my own Silicon Valley right here in my home town of Memphis.”

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Chaffen, Jr. is so passionate about having a major impact through his chosen industry in the Mid-South and surrounding areas, look no further than the information technology talent this Memphis Mitchell High graduate has witnessed in the Bluff City in recent years.

“There are many bright IT minds right here in my own back yard,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Memphis is named America’s Aerotropolis, where runways, roads, rails, and the river merge.”

Not to mention a major establishment that houses a slew of Fortune 500 Companies, Chaffen, Jr. added.

“Memphis is home to FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper, Service Master, Mueller Industries, Fred’s Discount Store, and an assortment of transportation and logistics companies,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “I and my company, Embrytech, are not only willing to solve a client’s technical issues, but also willing to collaborate with other organizations to help turn Memphis into a technical powerhouse.”

With his unyielding passion and purpose, coupled with his solid body of work and experience as a veteran IT professional, it’s safe to assume that Chaffen, Jr. and Embrytech’s biggest and brightest days are well ahead of them.

“My personal mission is to serve my clients with the spirit of excellence,” Chaffen, Jr. said. “Every business owner deserves to know how technology can add to their bottom line, and Embrytech is the perfect company to explain this to them. My goal is to grow Embrytech into an information technology powerhouse that will be around for all future generations to come.”

He’s not bragging, mind you.

He’s only keeping it real.

 

For more information about Memphis businessman Dwayne Chaffen, Jr., contact him at www.embrytech.com, at Facebook.com/embrytech, or follow him on Instagram @dchaffen.

 

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.

 

 

Nashville-area author Dr. Carolyn R. Green’s new book has been deemed a constant ‘page turner’ by her audience

TEN-NES-SEE AND READ THIS BOOK — According a spokesperson for Amazon.com — the site where Dr. Carolyn Green’s book can be purchased — “Bondfire: A Tale of Love, Betrayal and a Dangerous Game” is a dazzling, attention-grabbing, tear-jerking book in which Dr Green pulls “no stops” in her debut novel.

Dr. Carolyn R. Green made her authorship debut nearly a year ago.

As far as she is concerned, the time has come that she — for a lack of better words — take it up a notch.

“Everyone who has read this book has said they read it a day and could not put it down,” Dr. Green told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “It is a pager turner.”

The book to which Dr. Green is alluding is her provocative, awe-inspiring written document entitled, “Bondfire: A Tale Of Love, Betrayal And A Dangerous Game.”

A paperback, 334-page project that was published by Azaida Media, LLC, “Bondfire: A Tale Of Love, Betrayal And A Dangerous Game” effectively hit the market on August 29, 2016.

According a spokesperson for Amazon.com — the site where Dr. Green’s book can be purchased — “Bondfire: A Tale Of Love, Betrayal And A Dangerous Game” is a dazzling, attention-grabbing, tear-jerking book in which Dr Green pulls “no stops” in her debut novel.

A paperback, 334-page project that was published by, Azaida Media, LLC “Bondfire: A Tale Of Love, Betrayal And A Dangerous Game” effectively hit the market on August 29, 2016.

“She distinctively takes the reader on an intriguing and emotional journey that provokes both conscious and subconscious reactions,” the spokesperson explained.

Moreover, Dr. Green’s book depicts the lives of such characters by the names of Tish, Lisa and Carol, all of whom have been friends since preschool. Now as grown, educated women, the trio of women are devising ways navigate the complexities of men and relationships through secrets, lies, risks and twists, all of which, as Dr. Green points out, “turn this story upside down!”

Interesting enough, such drama-filled developments through Dr. Green’s astounding books have given way to a few inquiries.

OH MY OH MY!!!! Moreover, Dr. Green’s book depicts the lives of such characters by the names of Tish, Lisa and Carol, all of whom have been friends since preschool. Now as grown, educated women, each of them are devising ways navigate the complexities of men and relationships through secrets, lies, risks and twists, all of which, as Dr. Green points out, “turn this story upside down!”

“Who’s really who? Who’s loyal? Who’s not safe,” the spokesperson said. “Join the author on this journey as she strategically explores the diverse and challenging encounters that many face.”

By and large, Dr. Green’s “Bondfire: A Tale of Love, Betrayal And A Dangerous Game” is the first official installment in her Bondfire Series and, according to many who have read this latest version, her project has been nothing short of amazing.

“One young lady told me that she learned that sometimes you must let a person or situation go when you have given all that you can give,” Dr. Green said. “I have been told my many readers that they can identify or relate with the characters in the book.”

BUY DR. CAROLYN GREEN’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Bondfire-Tale-Love-Betrayal-Dangerous/dp/0986440523.

A native West Memphis, Arkansas who currently resides in Nashville, where she works primarily as a National Behavioral Trainer/Math Consultant through the Center For Teacher Effectiveness, Dr. Green said it was through a God-orchestrated vision some two years ago that greatly inspired her to assemble her book.

“I have always had a vivid imagination from as early as elementary school,” Dr. Green explained. “My teachers would always volunteer me to read my stories when we were given a creative writing assignment. Everyone would love my stories. From about sixth grade, I wanted to be a writer. By the time I reached high school, I was a teenage mother, and by the age of nineteen, I had two children.”

Because of the divine calling on her life, coupled with such resiliency and her steadfast commitment to maximizing her potential, Dr. Green was determined not to become another statistic by way of teenage pregnancy and a lack of education.

All things considered, she was destined to defy the greatest of odds.

GODLY WOMAN ON THE MOVE — Given the assortment of favorable feedback surrounding her new book, it’s safe to assume that Dr. Green’s best and brightest days through authorship are well ahead of her.

“I had to pursue my other talent, which was mathematics, which led to a career to create a stable home and environment for my children,” Dr. Green said. “Now that my children are adults with successful careers, I am now pursuing my first love, which is writing.”

She’s doing just that.

And, given the assortment of favorable feedback surrounding her new book, it’s safe to assume that Dr. Green’s best and brightest days through authorship are well ahead of her.

MORE ABOUT DR. CAROLYN: http://crgreenbooks.weebly.com/.

“The purpose for which God has created me is to share my story,” said Dr. Green, whose next book, Bondfire: Love Betrayal and Consequences,” is presently in works and is scheduled to be released in the fall. “Through God, I can overcome any situation. I have overcome a lot of obstacles, especially being a single parent, raising two children.”

But God…

“(God) broke me down to show me that everyone needs someone,” Dr. Green said. “I can’t go through life alone. When I write, I feel like I am in my own little world and it just makes me happy. I feel like God brought me back to where he wanted me to be in the beginning. I feel like my life has come full circle.”

Talk about taking it up a notch.

 

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 reporter of sports the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Young Memphis entrepreneur Diarah Humphreys following in footsteps of loved ones as a professional baker

FLASH OF GREATNESS — Given what is taking place approximately 18 years later, it’s safe to assume this chef hat Diarah Humphreys wore way back then was a mere glimpse of things to come. That’s because this native Memphian, who is a notable server and prep cook at a local assisted living facility, is widely known throughout the Mid-South for her mouth-watering, delectable treats as a rising professional baker.

You’ve got to see this.

Take a look, if you will, at the classic photo of Diarah Humphreys from nearly two decades ago.

Arguably one of the cutest, adorable youngsters of her generation, the then-four-year-old Humphreys thought it necessary to wear a nifty chef hat.

Given what is taking place today, or approximately 18 years later, it’s safe to assume that hat Humphreys wore way back then was a mere glimpse of things to come.

YOU’VE GOT TO SEE THIS — Given the immense strides she’s made in the infancy stages of what is shaping up to be a pretty rewarding tenure as a rising entrepreneur, it seems that Humphreys — with the tireless support of her mother, Velinda Humphreys, who’s a longtime Memphis-area businesswoman — is creating a compelling clientele.

That’s because this native Memphian, who is a notable server and prep cook at a local assisted living facility, is widely known throughout the Mid-South for her mouth-watering, delectable treats as a rising professional baker.

“I am pursuing a career in baking,” Humphreys, a 2012 Memphis Southwind High graduate, told Making Headline News this week. “I enjoy baking, learning new things, and also experiencing new things. Sometimes, it can a little stressful, but at the end of the day, it’s something I love to do.”

And given the immense strides she’s made in the infancy stages of what is shaping up to be a pretty rewarding tenure as a rising entrepreneur, it seems that Humphreys — with the tireless support of her mother, Velinda Humphreys, who’s a longtime Memphis-area businesswoman — is creating a compelling clientele.

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

At just 22-years of age, Humphreys bakes as if she’s been a part of this ever-so-competitive industry for quite some time. Her scrumptious baked goods are all made from scratch with her own personal touch of creativity that consumers have come to embraced.

And here’s a worthy, notable reminder — and hint, mind you — for those who are looking for sweet tooth gifts as the latest holiday looms: Mother Day is just a few days away.

“My services cater to all age groups, young to old,” Humphreys said. “My mission is to create enjoyable, delicious (products) and also healthy treats and pastries from scratch that all ages can enjoy.”

By and large, because baking professionally appears to have been a long-awaited dream of Humphreys since she was basically too young to remember, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that she boasts loft aspirations of someday expanding her thriving business into a credible franchise — or two, or three, or four, or…you get the picture.

Aside from her mother having greatly inspired her to broaden her horizon through her dazzling talents as a professional baker, Humphreys’ passion for baking was discovered when she was a child, watching her grandfather and father put on display their brilliantly amazing baking repertories.

Humphreys began to shift her focus more toward professional baking in 2014. Prior to that, she had become a fixture at whipping up her popular chocolate covers strawberries.

“Never would’ve thought that I would be baking, but here I am now,” Humphreys said. “I also have many other family members who bake and cook. I guess I can say that it’s in the blood.”

Humphreys began to shift her focus more toward professional baking in 2014. Prior to that, she had become a fixture at whipping up her popular chocolate covers strawberries.

Today, she bakes regularly and is also known for selling different varieties of coffees and teas.

You’ve got to see — and listen — this.

FOLLOW DIARAH VIA SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/diarah.humphreys.

“I want to see people enjoy my delicious pastries and treats from all over (the world),” Humphreys said. (I want them) to be able to stop and think that about the dreams I’ve had, to see them come alive and into action just excites me. Seeing people rave about my pastries would mean so much to me.”

Now that her business is starting to come full circle, Humphreys thought it essential to pass along some notable advice to her peers whom, like her, are business-minded.

YOU GO GIRL!!! By and large, because baking professional appears to have been a long-awaited dream of Humphreys since she was basically too young to remember, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that she boasts loft aspirations of someday expanding her thriving business into a franchise — or two, or three, or four, or…you get the point.

“When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity,” Humphreys said. “You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure.”

So much for the “little stress” her craft often creates.

Because at the end of the day, it’s something she loves to do.

You’ve got to see this.

 

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

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

 

Memphis Christian-based author Debora Taylor’s ‘Tying The Knot Between Ministry And The Marketplace’ helping advance the Kingdom

GOD’S LEADING LADY — A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Founder and CEO of Taylormade International that was founded in May 2013, Debora Taylor is widely known as the mastermind behind the book entitled, Tying The Knot Between Ministry And The Marketplace, a compelling, attention-grabbing written document that was assembled by 12 accomplished and anointed authors.

Debora Taylor took a moment earlier this week to think of the goodness of Jesus and all He’s done for her.

It didn’t take very long for her to soul to cry out.

“Almost four years ago, I lost my job after 30 years,” Taylor explained during an exclusive interview with Making Headline News. “(Then) I left…retired from pulpit ministry and came to an unfamiliar territory. I knew no one, but my husband and I started over at almost 60 years old. Yes…it is God!”

And just like that, this bighearted, seasoned woman of the cloth whom many essentially had written off subsequently used her assortment of setbacks as some spiritual ammunition to mount a God-orchestrated comeback.

Today, unlike never before, Taylor — with the tireless support of her husband, Guy Taylor — is walking in her divine destiny, let alone the purpose for which God created her.

Once an teenage atheist until she thought it absolutely essential to be transformed by the renewing of her mind by selling out completely to God at the tender age of 26, Debora Taylor has graciously accepted and embraced her latest God-mandated assignment, one that because of the divinely rich calling on her, figures to change a generation.

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Founder and CEO of Taylormade International that was founded in May 2013, Debora Taylor is widely known as the mastermind behind the book entitled, “Tying The Knot Between Ministry And The Marketplace,” a compelling, awe-inspiring, attention-grabbing written document that was assembled by 12 accomplished and anointed authors.

THAT’S HER GUY — Today, unlike never before, Taylor — with the tireless support of her husband, Guy Taylor — is walking in her divine destiny, or the purpose for which God created her.

According to Taylor, the official release of “Tying The Knot Between Ministry And The Marketplace” is scheduled for mid-May.

“It’s radical,” said Debora Taylor, describing the array of feedback she’s acquired for a book prior to its much-anticipated release. “I mean, people can’t wait for it to come out.”

FOLLOW PASTOR DEBORA ONLINE: http://www.deboradtaylor.com/.

By and large, the hoopla surrounding “Tying The Knot Between Ministry And The Marketplace” has heighten to the point in which several individuals of Debora Taylor’s reading audience has already requested presale orders.

“They are already buying it,” she said. “It’s healing.”

BOOK ON DECK — According to Taylor, the official release of “Tying The Knot Between Ministry And The Marketplace” is scheduled for mid-May.

Ahhh…healing, something with which this provocative book’s featured author can greatly identify, given the slew of trials and tribulations, setbacks, letdowns, and hardships she has endured both in the ministry and the marketplace.

“For me, it’s healing and for a lot of people, it’s healing, because a lot of people feel they’ve got to choose (kingdom work and their regular 9-to-5 job),” Debora Taylor, a resident of Memphis for the past three years, explained.

As Debora Taylor’s book specifically acknowledges, Christians essentially can savor the best of both worlds — with God, their Helper, leading the way.

Peep this as she eloquently explains why.

“My church has become global,” Debora Taylor explains. “(My assignment) is to go into the world to preach the gospel. People get so used to the pulpit. It’s a healing bomb in that when you can get revelation to do both.”

Interesting enough, there is to Debora Taylor’s distinct credit, why she deemed it necessary in October 2016 to join forces with 11 other Godly women to — for a lack of better words — put satan on notice by way of a book that figures to serve a universal beacon of light, particularly in the modern-day church.

“God has given me this (assignment) out of my own pain,” Debora Taylor, a past recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, said with a straight face.

Oh, and for what’s it worth, there is a notable, familiar Biblical passage that serves as the featured headline, of sorts, as it pertains to Debora Taylor’s latest kingdom-based project.

“The wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous,” said Debora Taylor, reciting the words to Proverbs 13:22.

So how is this often-quoted passage synonymous to “Tying The Knot Between Ministry And The Marketplace?”

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HE CHANGED MY LIFE — Once an teenage atheist until she thought it absolutely essential to sell completely out to God at the tender age of 26, Debora Taylor has graciously accepted and embraced her latest God-mandated assignment, one that because of the divinely rich calling on her, figures to change a generation.

“Some churches think that someone is going to show up at the doorstep and give them money,” Debora Taylor said. “That is not what Jesus meant. He meant that we have a responsibility to go into the world to teach, to train, and to work. The whole thing is (Jesus) called who were already business owners.”

All of which practically sums up why Debora Taylor’s forthcoming books reiterates, among other things, that Christians don’t necessarily have to — you know — choose, if you will.

“People are absolutely amazed (by the book),” Debora Taylor said. “They can’t wait to hold it in their hands, because all of us women are telling our stories. People are amazed that 12 black women chose to come together and do something.”

Talk about putting satan on notice.

 

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